CLEVELAND- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned a medical supervisor at the Cuyahoga County Jail has been taken off the job after speaking out at a county council meeting, calling himself a whistleblower.
Last week, Gary Brack went before a county council committee and said there is a shortage of nurses and there is not enough security for medical staff. Brack boldly pointed the finger directly at Ken Mills, the director of the jail.
A video recording of the meeting shows Brack telling county council members, "The eye-rolling, the body language, the body movement. I've never in my professional career witnessed that. Total disrespect. There seems to be passive-aggressive behavior. What the director tells us is not what pans out."
Brack is actually employed by MetroHealth Medical Center. He says he’s been working as the interim director of Ambulatory Care at the jail, and now he’s been placed on paid leave facing discipline.
He added, "After speaking to the county council meeting about the injustices that are going on with the sheriff's department, I was removed from my position."
Mary Louise Madigan, spokesperson for Cuyahoga County, confirms the county did ask the hospital to remove Brack from his position citing “a lack of trusting relationships and good working relationships.”
At the meeting, jail director Mills said don't blame him for the medical concerns. He said the medical people deal directly with the Sheriff on hiring concerns.
County Councilman Michael Gallagher called what has happened "upsetting," and he plans another hearing to try to get to the bottom of all this.
Brack says he is being given a chance to be reassigned at the hospital, but he expects to find himself looking for another job. He says he stands behind his comments in the interest of taxpayers and inmates. He said, "I stand behind what I said. I was honest and truthful. I have to do what's ethically right for myself."
A spokesperson for the hospital responded to a FOX 8 I-Team inquiry saying, "This person is an employee of MetroHealth. We do not give out any additional information on individual employees."