Tempers Flare Over Releasing Jail Doctor Email

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Jefferson County legislators were expected to vote at a committee meeting Tuesday night to recommend removing the county jail's doctor.

Instead, they went behind closed doors and things got heated.

"It was probably a little heated at first," said Legislator Scott Gray, "then everybody calmed down and understood that this is not a challenge, we're not challenging the sheriff or anybody else like that."

Sheriff John Burns is angry. He sent county leaders an email detailing why Dr. David Rosner should be removed.

That email was released to the public.
 
Burns says its a personnel issue and should have remained confidential.
 
County Administrator Bob Haggeman says releasing the email was the proper thing to do.
 
Gray said, "We can always second guess releasing information like that, but it happened."
 
The committee decided not to vote to recommend removing Rosner, but to push it to the full board next week. 
 
Meanwhile, Rosner says he was surprised by a letter last week from the sheriff asking him to resign.
 
He says the sheriff indicated that if he didn't resign he might face embarrassment.
 
Burns declined to be interviewed for this story, but he did say that when he mentioned embarrassment in the letter to Rosner, he absolutely did not mean it as a threat.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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