Revolving door at Shuman Juvenile Center director's office turns again
By Adam Brandolph
Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, 10:39 a.m.
Earl F. Hill plans to use his experience treating juveniles to transform Shuman Juvenile Detention Center.
Hill, 68, of Penn Hills will take over as interim director of the beleaguered Lincoln-Lemington facility on Monday. He replaces William S. Stickman III, who stepped down on Friday, and will be paid $102,318 a year.
“My gas tank is not empty,” Hill said. “I have a lot of energy and a lot to offer.”
Hill has more than 45 years of experience, including acting as the western region director for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services; director of the Adult Outpatient Office; director of St. Francis Hospital's Adolescent Chemical Dependency Unit; and a clinician for the National Football League treating players who violated the league's substance-abuse policy.
State officials brought Hill out of retirement in 2008 to manage the New Castle Youth Development Center, a maximum-security facility, where he worked until February.
Hill, who is collecting a “minor” state pension, said he plans to apply for the permanent position at Shuman.
Allegheny County Manager William D. McKain praised Hill's treatment-focused experience, calling him a “breath of fresh air.”
Stickman, a former interim director of the Allegheny County Jail, left the position to spend time with his family. He recently became a grandfather to quintuplets.
“Director Stickman made a commitment to the county to help us through a variety of transitions at the Shuman facility, including overseeing the restoration of the facility's license from the state Department of Public Welfare,” McKain said. “We are grateful for his service to this county and wish him the best as he enjoys some well-deserved time with his grandchildren.”
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald hired Stickman in July after firing Director William “Jack” Simmons and Deputy Director Lynette Drawn-Williamson.
The state Department of Public Welfare yanked Shuman's license in May because officials failed to adequately address regulatory violations, including an incident between a guard and an inmate. Simmons and Drawn-Williamson each received five-day, unpaid suspensions amid the state investigation, A March report found apparent payroll discrepancies, claims of favoritism on the job and problems with internal security.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927.
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