Juvenile Justice Center co-director suspended

EL RENO – The co-director of the Canadian County Juvenile Facility has been suspended indefinitely with pay as authorities investigate complaints that have been filed against him.

Bill Alexander was suspended by the county commissioners Monday following an executive session that last more than four hours.

District 1 Commissioner Marc Hader, who chairman of the panel, said he could not go into details about the allegations. However, the panel did pass a resolution stating that they were investigating complaints concerning the workplace environment at the facility, located east of El Reno.

“There’s been a complaint filed and we are doing our due diligence,” he said.

Hader said the county will work with an independent agency to investigate the complaint.

Co-director Dr. Bill Sharp will handle the day-to-day operations of the center.

The center offers a number of programs, including a detention center, alternative education, behavioral health and a sanctions program.

The center is funded through a 1996 countywide sales tax.

Meanwhile, two other employees also were subject of the executive session.

Hader did not provide details about the complaints against the employees and said any personnel actions would be handled internally.

15 Comments

  1. Ms H on June 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I hear the work environment is very unhealthy for female employees, and has been covered up for many years. If this investigation doesn’t reveal the true happenings of what this guy is doing, the system is corrupt and failed these women.

    • Ms H on June 14, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      From what I’m hearing, this guy (Bill Alexander) has preyed on numerous female employees over the course of many years. His history of predatory behavior of a sexual nature by a person who is in charge of these female employees, has been covered up from within the center by the only person above him. It is well-known within the center, but no one has ever been able to successfully bring it to light until now, most likely because the investigation has moved beyond the walls of the center. I’ve heard that numerous prior complaints against Mr Alexander never made it outside the center. This is well-known within the center, ask the female employees who have been afraid to speak until now. Yes, I would agree this sounds like an unhealthy work environment. How it went on this long is tragic, I feel for the victims of this apparent predator.

      • Anonymous on June 17, 2017 at 11:18 pm

        This is a very true statement. I know it personally. I’m just glad too see something Hopefully being done about it and him! He needs too be behind bars!

  2. Jenny on June 13, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    If you want a story about Mr. Alexander, I have one for you. He did some things to me that was horrible.

  3. BECKI on June 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    In my case he failed to protect me and the work place abuse was different for me that my file had write ups that never happened. After 11 years of being threatened and screamed at I couldn’t take it anymore and turned in my 2 weeks notice and he told me to leave and never come back. My retirement I worked so hard for was ruined. I haven’t recovered from his abuse and probably never will. He ruined my future plans. That was Oct. 2016 and i will be 60 and can’t get comparable work or pay and now I’m making min.wage. It was a job I loved, working for a mean horrible person. I tried to file unemployment till I could get a decent job and he fought me and lied and I gave up the fight. I would never work for that man ever again even if I was starving.

  4. mandy darnell on June 18, 2017 at 9:10 am

    My child is in that center. If they cannot provide a safe environment for the employees how can they provide a safe environment for the children?????

    • mandy darnell on June 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

      That whole place is corrupt. The whole system.

  5. Ms W on June 19, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I under stand what you’re saying Jenny, I think he treats all women that way , and then ones he thinks he get away with more is even worse, he probably has a long history of doing this.

  6. SH on June 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I worked under Alexander in Ponca City. I never had problems under his administration, nor did I ever witness him being abusive toward staff nor otherwise.

  7. Bobbikay on June 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I worked for Bill Alexander at Marland Children’s Home. He was very strict but I respected him and didn’t think he was unfair. He was a blessing to our children’s home and help save it from closing. Prayers for you Bill!

  8. JS on June 21, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I also worked for Mr. ALEXANDER at the Marland Childrens Home in Ponca City …..Great guy ….nothing but respect for him….

  9. Robert on June 29, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Mr. Alexander is an abusive man to some of the children that have come through the doors at Canadian County Children’s Detention/Sanction Center. I know this because I have witnessed is dispicable actions, i.e., Mr. Alexander personallly agitating children to a point where eventually it will result in a restraint which Mr. Alexander started. I have also had female staff members confide in me that Mr. Alexander did make sexual advance on them. If you are reading this Mr. Alexander, you know who I am.

  10. Ms H on July 10, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    For those of you who have not worked with Bill in the current facility, sending prayers and/or best wishes, you don’t know what’s gone on there. He has not worked in Ponca City for many years. If you spoke to these woman who work in his current facility, you’d be horrified. There are many woman he has worked with, most have not had an inappropriate experience with him. Even if just one woman was inappropriately harassed, that would be enough, but no, there are many that have alleged this. The similar allegations by numerous women are troublesome at best, and after this investigation, may be unlawful. I hear that numerous allegations are of a sexual nature, which is a huge red flag for someone in the juvenile system. Before you send him prayers or best wishes, you should demand to see the allegations within the investigation. And again, this is not one disgruntled female employee alleging this. This looks like a pattern of behavior, just because you didn’t see it or experience it yourself, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Send your prayers to the women. …and as a side note, maybe you should ask his wife why he got divorced.

Leave a Comment