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MOUNT VERNON — There is an obvious camaraderie between a group of retired Mount Vernon police officers. Their banter is quick and entangled with laughter. They have story after story about their careers serving the citizens of Mount Vernon, and just as many about their friendship. But when it comes to the reputation of the Mount Vernon Police Department, that discussion is nothing less than serious.

“We are all disgusted with the way things are going at the Mount Vernon Police Department,” said Randy Bowers, retired detective sergeant. “We worked really, really hard to do what was right and give the police department a good name.”

Bowers, along with Capt. George Curry, Sgt. Lee Black, Sgt. Jerry Thurston and Detective Wilson Warner, told the News they are pleased the city did the “right” thing by placing current Chief Mike Merrilees and Sgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan on administrative leave Friday, pending a BCI investigation, but they worry about the current officers, the public and the future of MVPD.

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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