State fires security hospital's director

  • Article by: PAUL McENROE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2012 - 6:44 AM

In David Proffitt's seven months at St. Peter facility, staff problems got worse.

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rlitfinMar. 27, 12 1:25 PM

They fired him but, he is going to keep working for several months. I dont get it

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modesta36Mar. 27, 12 2:35 PM

MPR is reporting that he "resigned". It seems like very poor decisions all around by DHS administration to hire the guy after all the controversy in Maine. How can it be that state employees and departements are so unaccountable for their actions?

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nointentionMar. 27, 12 2:49 PM

Seems like there is conflicting info. He was fired but is still continuing to work, and the law firm contracted to run the interviews couldn't substantiate the behavioral complaints...so why was he fired?

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regionguyMar. 27, 12 3:22 PM

Running a facility like this one is VERY difficult, especially when someone is brought in to make major changes. Nevertheless, it seems pretty clear that he didn't do a good job of the one thing that is essential in this situation: communicate effectively. Given his level of experience, he should have been better. Having said that, though, I am actually more concerned about the performance of the assistant commissioner who hired him despite his past. And it seems to me that the department could have done a lot more to support him in carrying out their wish for major reform; such reform can't be done by just bringing in a new leader and giving him/her a mandate.

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prometheus1Mar. 27, 12 3:31 PM

Proffitt should never have been hired given his track record in Maine. It is a travesty that so many people's lives had to be disrupted by being physically assaulted, bullied or fired by Proffitt's attempts to impose his unwise policies especially that on restraints. Firing Proffitt, even under the contrived reasoning DHS is giving, is a first step in repairing the damage. Now DHS must finish the job by revoking Proffitt's ill conceived policy on restraints and making whole all those DHS employees improperly discipline or fired under Proffitt's reign of terror. Failure to do so will leave patients and staff at risk of imminent physical harm continuing the downward spiral of the Security Hospital and DHS and leading to significant legal judgments against the State of Minnesota. Commissioner Jesson's confirmation should be made contingent on such a resolution to the problem her misjudgement created.

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garyglsMar. 27, 12 3:38 PM

I guess you can't yell at government employees or they will tell on you?? They hire this guy because the facility was screwed up he put his foot down so the fired him....only in government.

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trice01Mar. 27, 12 3:41 PM

Now there's a shocker. This guy resigns under fire from a hospital in Maine after purging staff and numerous safety citations from inspectors. He has an online doctorate degree from a "university" that is now out of business. This was the best choice available for the State of Minnesota? Wonder how much his golden parachute is going to be. I'm betting I could have run this place into the ground in 6 months for half the price...

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sjsmaceMar. 27, 12 3:47 PM

I agree - how do you get fired but continue to work in a place? and if they could not substantiate the complaints - what am I missing?

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joe_mnMar. 27, 12 3:58 PM

Is he gone or reassigned? I expect to see him in another position while still employed by the state. Or with a firm that contracts with the state. Or so on and so.

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grandmajMar. 27, 12 4:02 PM

Don't you think someone in charge should have listened to the employees of the last place he was in charge? Why do the infirm still get to lead the parade? What is wrong with the people we have elected to keep pulling stunts which cost all of us. We hear what he has done to his staff, what happens to the patients of these facilities he 'oversees' and I use that term very loosely.

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