• Sgt. Robert “Kit” MorganSgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan
  • Police Chief Mike MerrileesPolice Chief Mike Merrilees

News Managing Editor

MOUNT VERNON — It’s not that the purchase of parking meters and parts by Mount Vernon Police Chief Mike Merrilees and then Cpl. Robert “Kit” Morgan at a city auction was illegal or against city policy, it was what happened next that continues to leave the perception that Merrilees and Morgan put their own self-interest ahead of public trust.

To read more about the investigation, see today’s edition of the Mount Vernon News available now on newsstands.

  • News investigation uncovers ‘fishy’ deal

    MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon News investigation of the Mount Vernon Police Department’s impound lot uncovered a “deal” that left a Mount Vernon man feeling taken advantage of by someone who took an oath to serve and protect him — and the citizens of Mount Vernon.

  • Motorcycle debate causes rift with Mount Vernon Police Department

    MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon business man claims he has lost money since 2010 when Mount Vernon Police Chief Mike Merrilees took him off the wrecker rotation after a debate over who had the rights to a motorcycle left in storage for almost two years.

  • City policy protects whistleblowers

    MOUNT VERNON — If an employee becomes aware of dishonest or illegal activities occurring in their company, they can blow the whistle on the activity and the perpetrator. But, in telling a higher authority of the misdeed, they can put themselves in a tough position.

  • BCI investigating MVPD chief, sergeant

    MOUNT VERNON — The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, in conjunction with the Ohio Ethics Commission, has opened an investigation into Mount Vernon Police Chief Mike Merrilees and Sgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan regarding allegations of misconduct.



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