News Managing Editor

MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon Police Chief Mike Merrilees and Sgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan were placed on paid administrative leave today, according to Mayor Richard Mavis.

Mavis told the News, during its weekly meeting with the mayor, that there has been little communication with the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation which has opened a case against the two high-ranking department officers.

The investigation was requested by City Law Director Chip McConville and Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher after the News started to investigate allegations of misconduct by Merrilees and Morgan.

On June 10, Dave Glass, safety-service director, told the News city administrators did not feel it was necessary to place the two on leave.

Earlier this week, a police department employee told the News the working conditions at the department were “miserable” and some officers felt city administration was letting the department down by keeping Merrilees and Morgan on the job during the investigation.

The News will continue to develop this story. See Saturday’s edition for more details.



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