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MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon Police Officer told the News the resignation of a well-respected detective was the last straw, prompting him to break his silence and speak candidly regarding what goes on inside the Mount Vernon Police Department.

On Monday, Craig Feeney, longtime detective with the department, tendered his resignation.

“It’s a phenomenal loss,” the officer said. “That’s what prompted this phone call. … Seeing a good officer leave, that’s really a heartbreaker there.”

The officer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he can’t speak for all the department employees but feels his concerns are shared by the majority, especially in regard to the city administration’s decision to keep Chief Mike Merrilees and Sgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan on the job while being investigated by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations and the Ohio Ethics Commission.

“I am extremely disappointed,” he said. “As a whole, administration has done nothing. Morgan and Merrilees should be on administrative leave the same as other people.”

You can read the rest of this story in today’s Mount Vernon News or this afternoon in the e-edition



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