Access to public records is a cornerstone to transparency and the ability for the public to stand watch over those it has chosen to run our governmental bodies.
Under Chief Monroe’s plan to “clean up” personnel files kept in his office, most discipline handed down in 2017 would be completely removed from an officer’s records held by Mount Vernon Police Department by the end of 2023.
Mount Vernon Police Chief Roger Monroe wants to clean out the personnel files his office keeps on officers by eliminating “inactive” discipline. He changed the department’s records retention schedule to do so, but does that change create a contradiction within record keeping rules?
Sunday’s time change provides the possibility of additional sunlight at the end of the day. The change also triggers the start of National Sunshine Week — an opportunity to remind the public and government agencies of the importance of public records and their availability by simple request from the public.
Politics is the science of influencing governmental policy. On the surface, it seems rather boilerplate and mundane — something that locally, is held in the confines of a city hall. But the sad truth is that “politics” goes well beyond “policy.” This is something I witnessed during Thursday’s Knox County Republican Party endorsement meeting.
After three votes, the Knox County Republican Party’s Central Committee threw its endorsement in the Knox County Commissioner race to Monroe Township Trustee Bill Pursel.
The Knox County Senior Fair Board has asked a board member to temporarily step down from his position while a domestic violence case plays out in the judicial system.