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Allred fired for Facebook post

Michael A. Allred finds himself out of a job Thursday after he was fired from the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for an inappropriate comment made on Facebook.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Secretary Stephen T. Moyer announced that Allred, the agency’s state stat coordinator and police liaison, had been terminated effective that same afternoon.

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Allred is a former Maryland State Police trooper who previously served in the executive protection service for a decade, according to his LinkedIn profile. A spokesman for the corrections department said Allred was a recent hire but he could not provide details.

“The secretary has the utmost respect for correctional officers and requires all employees to respect the department, their authority, and their peers,” according an email statement from the department. “He holds employees to the highest professional standards and expects them to act in a professional manner.”

The department spokesman declined to comment beyond the statement citing personnel issues.

Allred, in a Facebook post, wrote: “Visiting the prisons…haven’t been groped this much since the flight on the honeymoon…and this is just the guards!”

That post has since been removed.

The termination was met with approval by the union that represents state prison guards.

“AFSCME members believe that Michael Allred’s social media comments were inappropriate and insulting to 7,200 Maryland correctional officers,” Jeff Pittman, a union spokesman, said in an email. “We believe Secretary Moyer has taken the right course of action in terminating his employment with the department.”

This post was updated to correct the name of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.