Virginia governor supports inspector general despite claims

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says it has full faith in state Inspector General June Jennings despite allegations from her staff that she failed to investigate properly the death of a 24-year-old mentally ill inmate.

McAuliffe’s office issued a statement Monday saying it had reviewed a complaint saying Jennings had inadequately investigated the death of Jamycheal Mitchell, who died in a Portsmouth jail cell in August after losing so much weight that his heart stopped.

The complaint was filed by a senior staff member in the inspector general’s office and two independent contractors who accused Jennings of lying to state lawmakers.¬†McAuliffe’s chief of staff, Paul Reagan, conducted the review of the complaint and found that no action against Jennings is needed.