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VCC warden terminated

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

The Illinois Department of Corrections on Wednesday terminated the Vandalia Correctional Center warden who has been on administrative leave for more than two months.

Derek Scnhapp, a spokesperson for the IDOC, said early Wednesday afternoon that Steve Mensing's termination had become effective that day.

Mensing, who has served as the warden of VCC since the fall of 2004, has been on administrative leave since late January.

Citing IDOC personnel policy on personnel matters, Schnapp declined to state the reason for Mensing being placed on paid administrative leave and, ultimately, for his termination.

Schnapp said Cassandra Wright, assistant warden-operations, has been in charge of the facility since Mensing was placed on leave and will continue to serve in that capacity.