MDOC: Ex-warden Berghuis broke ‘work rules’

FILE - Mary Berghuis

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — The former warden of two Muskegon-area prisons will not face a penalty or further investigation after it was determined she violated “work rules,” according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Ex-Warden Mary Berghuis was led out of her office and suspended last month after MDOC opened an Internal Affairs investigation.

Thursday, MDOC spokesman Chris Gautz wouldn’t comment on the nature of the “work rule” violations, saying a state statute protects Internal Affairs’ findings.

Berghuis retired several weeks after she was suspended. Gautz said that because she is retired, there will be no further action against her and no further investigation.

“Both sides have moved on,” Gautz tells 24 Hour News 8.

Berghuis was the warden of the Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility and the West Shoreline Correctional Facility and had worked for the state since the 1960s.

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