By ALAN REED
News Staff Reporter
MOUNT VERNON — Former Mount Vernon Fire Chief Shawn Christy pleaded not guilty to a 19-count indictment this morning in Knox County Court of Common Pleas.
Christy, 39, Centerburg, was indicted Sept. 6 by a Knox County Grand Jury on charges of theft in office, deception and tampering with government records, among others. He had been on paid administrative leave from his job on June 2 before submitting his resignation on Aug. 26.
Charges against Christy include theft in office, as well as deception and tampering with government records.
The two theft in office charges comes from Christy receiving paramedic compensation of $5,194.52 in addition to his salary by deceiving the city of Mount Vernon. Those charges are both third-degree felonies.
There are also 10 tampering with government records, which are also third-degree felonies. Those charges stated Christy falsified his emergency medical service training records so it would appear he was complying with paramedic continuing education requirements.
Two counts of forgery allege Christy forged the signature of a former EMS training coordinator on training certificates, and five falsification counts accuse Christy of making false statements to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services, about his continuing education requirements. Forgery is a fifth-degree felony while falsification is a first-degree misdemeanor.
A personal recognizance bond was set by Judge Otho Eyster with a trial to be scheduled at a later date.
Christy was represented this morning by his attorney, Jonathan Tyack.