Interim warden now serving at Clarion jail

Darren Knox has been dismissed as the Clarion County jail warden.

The action happened a week ago at an unscheduled jail board meeting.

Jail board chairman Braxton White said there was no malfeasance but that the board decided to “go in another direction.”

He said additional information would be released at the next jail board meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, March 1, at the county administration building.

White said deputy warden Dan Blose will be the interim warden until a replacement is found.

Knox had said at the regular February jail board meeting that employee turnover at the jail had been a problem. He said that since the end of October a total of 10 positions had been vacated and seven filled.

“We are not replacing at the same rate we are losing,” he said at the meeting. “Another concern is the inexperience. There is a higher rate of inexperience in the building. We are seeing that particularly in our night shift.”

Knox replaced Jeff Hornberger as warden after Hornberger retired in September.

Knox has spent most of his career in Butler County and was the deputy warden in Armstrong County.

Jail board vice chairman Wayne Brosius said Knox was still in the probationary period of his employment.