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Warden leaves Kansas prison that's seen unrest

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James Heimgartner. (Credit: Kansas Department of Corrections) James Heimgartner. (Credit: Kansas Department of Corrections)
EL DORADO, KS (AP) -

The warden at a maximum-security Kansas prison that's had four reported disturbances in recent months took a new job within the state Department of Corrections before the latest incident.

Department spokesman Todd Fertig confirmed Saturday that James Heimgartner left his job as warden of the El Dorado prison Thursday. Fertig had no further information about Heimgartner's new position in the department.

He did not comment on what led to the change.

The new acting warden at El Dorado is Dan Schnurr. He is warden at a maximum-security prison in Hutchinson, about 60 miles to the northwest. Fertig said Schnurr will keep his duties at Hutchinson while the department looks for a permanent warden for El Dorado.

The latest El Dorado incident occurred Friday evening and was reported to have been resolved quickly.

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A union official says the latest disturbance at a maximum-security prison in southern Kansas was controlled quickly.

Robert Choromanski, who heads the Kansas Organization of State Employees, said Saturday that the Friday evening incident at the El Dorado prison appeared to be resolved within a half hour. He says he obtained information from a prison employee who was monitoring emergency communications.

Choromanski says a special security team was called to the prison Friday evening after 30 inmates refused to stand down. No other information was available.

It was the fourth reported disturbance within three months.

Department of Corrections spokesman Todd Fertig declined to comment on the incident.

He says two inmates were wounded at El Dorado earlier Friday in an altercation and one had puncture wounds, but no employees were injured.

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