Two Bridges Regional Jail Correctional Administrator Col. Mark Westrum has again been placed on administrative leave, effective Monday, March 13, according to a press release from the jail. The administrative leave will be paid until the Lincoln and Sagadahoc Multicounty Jail Authority Board of Directors is able to meet with Westrum, said Lincoln County Administrator Carrie Kipfer, who is a member of the board.
The authority is working to quickly schedule the meeting, Kipfer said. Westrum was scheduled to return to work as jail administrator Monday for the first time since his October arrest for operating under the influence.
After a closed-door session during the authority board’s regular meeting Wednesday, March 8, the board voted unanimously to allow its executive committee to meet with an employee and take disciplinary action.
The executive committee met with the employee and took disciplinary action Friday, March 10, Kipfer said.
Kipfer said she could not comment on the cause for the disciplinary action.
The jail authority extended a conditional employment agreement to Westrum in January, after the resolution of his criminal case. Westrum was to return to work after a 60-day suspension without pay.
Westrum was initially placed on paid administrative leave in October after he was charged with aggravated operating the influence.
In January, Westrum entered into an agreement known as a deferred disposition, pleading guilty to the lesser charge of OUI and agreeing to abide by certain conditions in exchange for the dismissal of the aggravated OUI charge, the Bangor Daily News reported.