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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Messing With Cathy Allen's Snitch Can Get You Fired

Jason Rosati is a hard ass. Maybe it's the five years he spent as a Seabee, which included Desert Storm. Maybe it's the military crew cut, or his erect posture. But he learned early to value military discipline in over 20 years of corrections at Northampton County's jail. It has served him well, too. He worked his way up through the ranks to become a Lieutenant. He knows the importance of order at a place like a jail, which can spin out of control in a heartbeat. But earlier this month, this combat vet received a certified mail notice from the County. They intend to fire him. He's been suspended, and without pay. His terrible offense? Writing up Cathy Allen's snitch.

For those of you who don't know, Cathy Allen is supposed to be a Deputy Director of Administration. Prior to last year, she had no county experience at all. She was a high school grad who ran a two-person office. Under Brown, she's basically the Acting Executive. She runs Gracedale, Human Relations and has stuck her nose into jail operations.

I have been told she's conducting an investigation there. She pulled somewhere around 80 files and took them from the jail to the Executive's office. She began poring over old disciplinary reports, and get this, actually wanted to re-open some old files and discipline employees a second time for the same infraction.

She apparently never heard of this little thing called res judicata, or another little thing called double jeopardy. That's in the Constitution, right after due process, another principle that has eluded County officials.

When a missing pill cutter at the jail resulted in a lockdown, it is Cathy Allen who had to give the go ahead to lift it on Saturday.

Allen has a snitch at the jail, She's a corrections officer named Kim Yedlosky. She drew the attention of Secret Service agents in 2010 when she joined a loud tea party protest against Vice President Joe Biden. According to an Express Times account,
She was yelling across the street to Secret Service agents by the front door of the restaurant: "Here, do you want my wallet? Do you want my blood?" she screamed. She pointed to the rooftop of Blue and hollered, "Look, there's a sniper. Hi Mr. Sniper." One agent moved closer, watching her, but didn't cross the street. "Don't worry," she said to a reporter, referring to the agent,"he's just adding to my file."
Another protester, Elissa Sherman, 47, of Bethlehem Township, Pa., came over and told Yedlosky to calm down, and she did.
Good fun.

It may never have dawned on Allen, but Yedlosky has a real disciplinary problem at the jail. She's a feree spirit who has been written up multiple times for defying uniform policy, and has been suspended several times as a result. When it became known that she is Allen's snitch, Rosati was warned to back off and not write her up unless it is approved by another administrator.

Empowered by the Brown administration, Yedlosky has reportedly approached guards and threatened to turn them in unless they give her dirt on other prison workers, especially if it's Rosati. Unlike her, they refuse to be snitches.

Rosati, in the meantime, continued to insist that corrections officers working under him are dressed appropriately. Yedlosky came to work recently with her top shirt button left open, exposing a V-neck T-shirt and a choker necklace. Those may not be worn while on duty. Rosati told Yedlosky to button her blouse and she ignored him. She later claimed the button was broken, although she said nothing to her supervisor. As a result, Rosati wrote up the incident. Pursuant to previous instruction, he forwarded the matter to a Captain for approval, and he got it.

But the write-up was killed by Allen, and now Rosati has been notified he is being fired.

Unlike union workers, Rosati's sole source of protection is the career service guidelines. Human Resources still does not know whether he has a right to an attorney, and no date has been set for his hearing.

In the meantime, staffing at the jail is about 35 corrections officers short in a top heavy administration that includes a Director, warden, three deputy wardens, a prime care administrator and a caption, none of whom punch a clock.

Daniel Keen, the new Director, is just getting his feet wet. This ridiculous action against Rosati might be a good place for him to start.

I reached out to Rosati to discuss this matter. He declined. He's in enough trouble. But other sources at the jail have confirmed this story with me.

77 comments:

Mark Lambert (Lt. Retired) said...

If this is the case it's a terrible mis-justice toward Lt. Rosati. I worked with Jason since he started at the jail and along side him as a lieutenant for several years. Although he can come off as a hardass at times, Jason has always had the best interest of the Officers, Jail, and the County at heart. He is not afraid to speak his mind no matter who is speaking with, again with the best interests of all the above. He is a great trainer and has mentored many into fine Corrections Officers. I wish Jason well in this fight, and hope the county gets this one right.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Lt. Lambert, this is obviously trumped up to get someone out of the way. If the system does not work at the admin level, it will certainly work in court.

Anonymous said...

looks like there is more than one "snitch"
but when it doesnt suit your agenda, the snitch is your mancrush. hypocrite

Anonymous said...

One of those high paid positions the hidden Stoffa position he gave his friend when he thought she would be dropped by the new administration?

Chernomazy said...

pure poppycock. This administration is merely an enlightened cleaning up the multiple messes left by the previous administrations. Brown,with the aid of Allen, has done a marvelous job of getting rid of dead weight and streamlining the county force.

It's about time someone cleaned up the jail so that it can be made ready to privatize.

On to gracedale.

Keep up the good work John and Kathy. Citizens who really care about the county and not themselves are behind you.

Anonymous said...

7:53.....poppycock??? Who even uses that term anymore? You are showing your age Tricia!

Anonymous said...

This is another case where the Administration will lose in the Courts. They need someone in a key position who will tell them when they are wrong and will advise them how to accomplish a termination within the parameters of the law.

Anonymous said...

shouldn't you be paying your bills deadbeat trishia? the jail don't need your help.

Anonymous said...

De je vous all over again.

John Brown with the help of cathyallen and a snitch in the PD, illegally fired Police Chief Glenn Kerrigan. Bangor had to pay out hundreds of thousands of #### because of these ILLEGAL actions including fraud, conspiracy, and other crimes.

Taxp[ayers beware: the tea party way of firing unjustly ends up costing more money. DUH

Brown any all these clowns should be tarred and feathered!

Anonymous said...

3:28.....The woman you are referring to is Camille Bartlett and she was moved to the prison by John Brown not by John Stoffa. This is a FACT but i highly doubt you are interested in facts!

Anonymous said...

And the first thing Camile did was to write a scathing report on how the prison is an old boys club and the culture needs to be changed. She can't even do the job she was given and she has opinions about others and their jobs? Another Brown/Allen mess

Bernie O'Hare said...

Having met with numerous people from the jail, i believe your comment is nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Bernie i can assure you that the above commenhts are true and can/will be confirmed by your contacts at the prison.

Anonymous said...

I will admit there are issues at NCP within the administration and officers. But when one of the officers goes out of the walls to benefit herself, that is a problem. For this person to do so with her reputation among staff, Ms. Allen and the Brown administration needs to evaluate the friend they chosen to be their snitch within the prison walls.

Anonymous said...

Is there any gay and lesbian sex taking place inside the prison?

Anonymous said...

this group of people are really a frightening group ... how can anyone trust anything they say or do ? what can be done to have this stop ?

Anonymous said...

Bernie, if you were to review Yedlosky's personnel file you would be scratching and shaking your head as to why and how this person still is employed as a Corrections Officer. With all the write-ups she has received over and over and over again and now with the protection from Ms. Allen, she is now deemed "untouchable". The wrong person has been suspended and unjust due to one's personal vendetta against him. This person's campaign has even went far as solicting information from other C.O.'s to be used against Rosati and when those that refused, now have become blacklisted by her. This is easily confirmed by talking with any officer at NCP.

Anonymous said...

More skullduggery from Brown and his merry band of nitwits. Allen is a menace without a clue. This administration is reaching new depths.

Anonymous said...

The whole situation can be made clear using this analogy. Rosati is like a dog behind a fence. He'll bark but if you do what you're supposed to he's fine. When he barks at Cathy's snitch she picks up rocks and throws them at the dog, when the dog bites, she screams harassment. In other works she provokes reactions then cries when she gets the reaction she was looking for.

Anonymous said...

Another explanation for why an HR Director has not been appointed yet. No HR professional would allow this nonsense to go on. The county is lining up for multiple lawsuits for its cronyism and abuse of power.

Anonymous said...

10.06 A better and more appropriate question would be. Who is having sex in county vehicles?
Get a life Tricia.

Anonymous said...

The ail is full of people who should have been fired long ago. It's called the club and for good reason. They all cover for each other and look the other way. Nothing gets reported and the people who walk in get sucked into the abyss of CYA culture. The jail is a mess and to say otherwise is naive. Cleansing has begun..about time!

Anonymous said...

Does the method being used..Allen/snitch..justify the end result of cleaning out the rats nest that the jail has become after decades of neglect by county administrations? Yes it does. JB is a nutball but this needed to be done and he is doing it. Broken clock syndrome but some credit due.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:01PM

If you can't spell jail you can't criticize the jail prison staff.

Anonymous said...

From what I know...Ms. Allen cannot access employee's files without permisson from them?? Bernie, do you know if this is a violation of any sort if she does?

Bernie O'Hare said...

The Exec or his designee can access employee files. He allowed someone who thinks you can punish someone twice for the same misconduct do this.

Anonymous said...

Privatize the prison. It has become nothing but a featherbedding hangout. Top heavy and useless.

Better to privatize the prison and the scumbags it houses than the elderly at Gracedale.

Anonymous said...

Yedlosky's FB posts reek of refinement and class.

(OK - I lied. She's trashy as all get out)

Anonymous said...

@3:00 - Your parents should have saved for their retirement home instead of leaving it to chance and county taxes. Gracedale should be eliminated a lot quicker before you even think about privatizing any prison...

Anonymous said...

Has anyone looked at HIS file? He is totally inappropriate with females and has been disciplined for that. His mouth is like a sewer, the crap that comes out of it should have gotten him fired long ago. He has a foul mouth and constantly cracks inappropriate jokes about women. Good bye Jason Rosati, you will not be missed!

Anonymous said...

"He is totally inappropriate with females"

Are we talking about Stoffa?

Anonymous said...

The jail has been ignored and left to it's own devices for way too long. About time somebody had the stones to look behind the curtain/wall and expose the situation there. Let the sun shine in!

Anonymous said...

I see mass retirements and early outs soon. Watch the rats scurry for cover. JB finally does the right thing for probably the wrong reason. Or could this be his finest hour yet?

Anonymous said...

just wait until the jailhouse snitch's medical changes too. maybe then she will realize she is being used....or maybe not.

Anonymous said...

this administration will look you right in the eye while stabbing you in the back.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how the prison works and unlike those who comment here I think those who work there would know best. I can tell you that historically when a public service is privatized, the ones who suffer are the ones that are supposed to be helped. When services are privatized the need or greed of the dollar takes over. Those who need the service (elderly, prisoners, etc.) are a second thought to the "How are we going to make money". Could things be more efficient? Sure I bet lots of things could be done to save money. The ones who know what could be done, work at the prison as guards. Why not ask them? The way Mr. Brown and his band of fools think an evaluation is handled only serves to create distrust and bad moral. Such a shame that those in charge have no leadership skills what so ever.

Anonymous said...

I was referring to Jason Rosati as being inappropriate. He is a predator for sure and he is NOT a hard ass. He is a little man with little man syndrome if you ask me. Commenting on a woman's breasts, who does that?

Anonymous said...

"co-workers breasts" I should say, the ones he is suppose to supervise. He takes supervision to a whole new level. Pig.

Anonymous said...

who talks stupid at a vp visit? you do. pig snitch.

Anonymous said...

i just read an article in the Lehigh Valley live. A corrections officer had feces thrown on him. Makes a shade of lipstick seem trivial, no?

Anonymous said...

The jail administration needs to be brought to heel! Enough already. That operation is out of control. Shame on past executives and councils for passing the buck..for decades. Time to clean house and let the chips fall where they may. John Brown finally doing something right. When dealing with down and dirty people..you got to get down and dirty as well. Allen just the person for the job!

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Anonymous said...

IF I got to choose between Gracedale and the jail..Gracedale wins and stays in union hands. The jail can be downsized thru the drug court initiative and more even handed sentencing by the courts. You should be able to raze the old jail within 5 years..maybe less. Less inmates..less guards..less overhead. It works.

Anonymous said...

Allen is just dirty. Cheats on her expense accounts, gets her personal friends hired, asks for a county car she doesn't need. Pure filth.

Anonymous said...

6:53 Why couldn't John Brown think of that? Makes perfect sense to me. No reason to keep drug offenders and those who need help locked up. Maybe he should hire you as a consultant.

Anonymous said...

Brown nor Allen cannot just go into personnel files. Any HR director will tell u that. I hope these employees sue the admin and County. This whole admin is a liabilty and out of control.

Anonymous said...

This is no witch hunt by JB/Allen. They know exactly who and where the problems are in the jail. They are playing bad cop to the new director's good cop. Make him look good and drive the herd to him for the slaughter. This is too easy.

Anonymous said...

It's sad to watch 2 deputy wardens stab the 3rd deputy warden in the back just to save their own ass. One would think a former navy seal would have more integrity than that but unfortunately he drinks at the trough of Miss Allen now as well. Let's not single this female officer out when we all know 2 deputy wardens as well as the captain have climbed aboard the Allen/Brown train. The current employees who do the right thing won't forget this 3 years from now when the Brown/Allen bandwagon makes its last stop in Bangor!

Anonymous said...

Divide and conquer..old adage but still in play.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile in Lehigh County, AKA Muller's Utopia is...

Oops, sorry nothing to see here...

Honestly Bernie, if it is like shooting fish in a barrel in NC, why waste the ammo.

Move on to something else. You sound like a broken record.

Anonymous said...

This is union busting under the guise of budget constraint and operational efficiency. They will slowly destroy union morale and togetherness. Nasty stuff..

Anonymous said...

http://www.scribd.com/doc/215821340/Bernie-O-Hare-Disbarred-For-Malfeasance

Anonymous said...

Old news as we all know Bernie's past and he owns up to it. What else you got?

Anonymous said...

psssst,... I hear she also wears pink lipstick O no!!!!!!!! Fire her!!!

Anonymous said...

How about he's doing exactly the same thing in all of his blogs that got him disbarred in the first place, but obviously if you know his past you're not interested in the truth...old saying "A leopard cannot change its spots" just saying.

Anonymous said...

forget firing her, bring back the guillotine for the wench that dont no her place as a women!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Someone explain to me how this so called "snitch" kept her job for so many years before Cathy Allen was around if these "write-ups" were legitimate. Or were they maybe all from the same Lt. and found to be unjustified? Seems more probable than that she's some kind of mastermind that was untouchable all those years!

Anonymous said...

off with her head

Anonymous said...

Obvious 7:41 is someone with the initials of KY and trying to divert from the issue at hand. But she does have a point, not sure why she's being singled out.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Makes a shade of lipstick seem trivial, no?

No. Dress requirements at a jail exist for reasons of public safety and to ensure discipline. Yedlosky has every right to dress as she pleases, but not as a corrections officer.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"I was referring to Jason Rosati as being inappropriate. He is a predator for sure and he is NOT a hard ass. He is a little man with little man syndrome if you ask me. Commenting on a woman's breasts, who does that?"

When someone makes an accusation like this, and does so anonymously, I give it no merit, especially since I myself have been subjected to this type of false accusation.

Bernie O'Hare said...

"Someone explain to me how this so called "snitch" kept her job for so many years before Cathy Allen was around if these "write-ups" were legitimate."

Actually, this snitch has been suspended a few times and has lost arbitrations. i believe she has done nine days of suspension.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Yadlesky, I can't speak to you knowing your place, but can state that you appear to have never learned how to write. Maybe you should take lessons in literacy next time they are offered.

Bernie O'Hare said...

6:48, I cannot allow your comment to stand unless you ID yourself.

Anonymous said...

Bernie I think maybe you should check your sources a little better with reference to the suspensions I know from my own sources that all of the suspensions except one were rescinded and only 3 days served plus all the related write-ups came from the same Lt. I would also like to know where you got the information about this latest write-up since whoever did so broke the law when they told you. I will gladly identify myself if you will identify your source of that information.

Bernie O'Hare said...

10:27, Thank you for your concern about my accuracy. As I understand it, you dispute that Yedlosky served nine days under suspension, claiming it was only three. You also state that whoever gave me my information broke the law, and that if i disclose their names to you, you will ID yourself.

Well, isn't that swell! My sources are protected and i name them only if I have authority from them to name them. They are well aware of the risk they are taking, especially with this vindictive administration.

But if they broke the law, so did Yedlosky.I have Facebook screen dumps from her today, making false claims about Lt. Rosati. Since that is breaking the law, I guess I should turn that in to Cathy Allen.

Anonymous said...

Come on Bernie I checked out her Facebook page also and didn't see anything that could be considered or proven to be "false claims" and why would you send them to Cathy Allen if you think she is protecting her anyway? But you are certainly free to do whatever you please with your Facebook dumps. As far as the identity of your sources I really did not expect you to reveal them and I honestly don't care who they are. So on that note let me just say that this will be my last post to any of your blogs and you can save your sarcasm for the next person that might dare to question you.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I have a screen dump from one of her Facebook friends. She, Tricia Mezzacappa and a former female employee stupidly lay out their game plan. As for this being the last time on my blog, please keep your promise.

Anonymous said...

someone has a bromance with Rosati.......

Anonymous said...

"facebook dump" Is this a sex-act involving feces? I'm in!

bangor booster

Anonymous said...

I can't believe they're going to get rid of Lt. Rosati and especially over nonsense. He's a fair, straight shooting, no games kind of guy and the jail needs people like him in charge. Good luck with your hearing Lieutenant.

Bernie O'Hare said...

My guess is that someone will see this is total nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Michael Petty Just want to say I've found that while I worked there the cos came first then the inmates if the SHTF and one time I was reprimanded by a fat ass bitch for taking care of a co before a inmate and the inmate was the one that started it ... So that asshole Bernie whose only goal in life is to stir shit should crawl out of his michael Moore hiding spot and get all the facts before he runs his asshole of a mouth ... And whoever slammed kim KKim Yedlosky tonight without giving their name ain't got the right to say shit till they know all

Bernie O'Hare said...

I can see why you are no linger emplyed at the county if you don't understand that the corrections officer must come before the inmate. It's not a hotel.

Anonymous said...

I would think that enough evidence of tampering exists to bring Ms. Allen before council. Unethical and interfering with a union contract and disciplinary procedures. Has she not put the rope around her neck with this caper?

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Bernie O'Hare said...

I'm afraid you're going to have to ID yourself on any comment that gets personal from this point forward.