One employee has been fired, one demoted and two suspended as a result of a prisoner escape from Hill-Finklea Detention Center on Jan. 26.

The safety of Berkeley County residents is “of the utmost concern to the Sheriff’s Office and the detention center,” according to an announcement from Berkeley County Sheriff’s public information officer Dan Moon. “To ensure that safety, we took immediate action as necessary.”

The affected employees failed to follow procedures, according to the release. Moon would not release any additional information on the employees involved.

An internal investigation was launched after the escape of James A. Sanders, 39, of Cypress Campground Road in Ridgeville, Moon said.

Sanders had been sentenced Jan. 26 to time served for violating a protective order and was being prepared for release when he escaped through an employee exit in the back of the detention center. Correctional officers did not realize he still faced a charge of criminal domestic violence.

In the wake of the escape, Berkeley County sheriff's officials said they changed procedures for releasing jail inmates to the front part of the jail, making the pre-release room off-limits to inmates.

Moon said Monday there have been no leads in Sanders’ whereabouts for couple of days.