TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – On Thursday it was announced Kansas Juvenile Corrections Complex Superintendent Kyle Rohr has stepped down following an alleged battery citation from Topeka police.
Officials said Kyle Rohr has been reassigned within the Kansas Department of Corrections following the alleged assault of a 53-year-old female employee.
Effective Thursday, Megan Milner, director of community-based services, has been assigned as acting superintendent for KJCC.
Milner formerly served as deputy superintendent at KJCC.
According to a misdemeanor battery report filed with Topeka Municipal Court on January 25, 2018, the alleged incident took place on the morning of December 21, 2017.
The battery description says Rohr made physical contact in a rude, insulting and angry manner.
More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers call for Rohr’s firing Thursday.
Rhor, who had been in the position since 2012, resigned hours before a Democrat press conference at the Kansas statehouse called for his immediate termination. Since Rhor’s resignation, he has been reassigned to a different building within the Corrections department.
“That was an attack, and being that he is reassigned, we just moved the attacker,” State Rep. John Alcala (D) of Topeka said.
Alcala says the victim reached out to him after an internal investigation yielded no action. He says the victim continued to work in close proximity with Rohr.
Then, Alcala and other lawmakers encouraged the victim to take her concerns to authorities.
“We found that the secretary’s handling of the situation was woefully inappropriate and inadequate,” State Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (D) said.
Lawmakers also take issue with the Corrections Department’s employment policy. The policy requires employees to keep quiet about internal investigations involving violence, which many say violates the Kansas Whisteblower Act.
“Is this true transparency that the Governor talks about?” Alcala said.
The Department of Corrections declined to comment on personnel matters. The Governor’s office notes that the internal investigation happened before Colyer took office and said in a written statement that they are “committed to ensuring that state employees have a safe and professional work environment.”