MOUNT VERNON — Over four months after the Mount Vernon News requested the personnel file of Mark Perkins from the Mount Vernon Police Department, another file on the fired sergeant surfaced on Thursday.
Nearly 90 pages, released by the City Law Director’s office, were reported to have been found in the police department.
The file includes two disciplinary actions from 2008, both offenses that resulted in written reprimands.
Other items, from the years 1998, 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2008, included:
•Handwritten notes regarding phone conversations with Perkins regarding boots and training.
•Documents requesting military leave including the orders from the Ohio National Guard.
•A public records request from the Mount Vernon News requesting information about lawsuits filed against Perkins.
•Documents related to an interview Perkins did with a suspect while he was off duty and not the lead investigator.
•An arbitration opinion from 2008, where Perkins successfully grieved disciplinary action because the work rules that were in place “were not usable” because the rules used to issue discipline were not included in the union contract.
•Information regarding a complaint against Perkins and Patrolman Andrew Burns from 2003. Based on the information provided, it does not appear there was any basis found for the complaint.
•An internal investigation report that alleges Perkins used excessive force during an arrest in 2004. The report concludes that Perkins “acted within the scope of the use of force continuum.” Allegations that Perkins and another officer should not have responded to the call were also unfounded. •An employment interview analysis with a score of 23 out of 36 points, the initial interview notes and employment record checks.
•Newspaper articles regarding the closure of Precision Driving School, owned by Perkins, after an Ohio State Highway Patrol investigation discovered Perkins, and other employees, did not have licenses to teach driver education. There were also numerous letters to Chief Tom Bartlett with updates on how Perkins reimbursed students and scheduled driving times with other driver education schools for those enrolled in his school when the facility was shut down.
•A detective’s report regarding a 2006 incident where a suspect in a traffic incident said Perkins “kind of pushed” him, yanked his hat off his head and pushed him backward. There was no conclusion included in the documents.
More documents, approximately 300, were provided to the News this morning, just prior to press time, and more are expected.
- Police Captain George Hartz
- Police Chief Mike Merrilees
- Sgt. Robert “Kit” Morgan
- Mount Vernon Police officer sues chief, city for discrimination April 19, 2013
- Perkins fired from MVPD April 22, 2013
- News investigation uncovers ‘fishy’ deal May 24, 2013
- Motorcycle debate causes rift with Mount Vernon Police Department May 30, 2013
- City policy protects whistleblowers June 3, 2013
- BCI investigating MVPD chief, sergeant June 10, 2013
- Storage, scrap sale add to MVPD woes June 11, 2013
- Merrilees’ evaluations unimpressive June 12, 2013
- Morgan qualified, respected June 13, 2013
- No felony cases for MVPD detective June 19, 2013
- City officials get training in records retention June 28, 2013
- Tapes tell tale of MVPD deals July 1, 2013
- Officer: It’s ‘miserable’ at MVPD July 9, 2013
- Same test given for captain, chief July 10, 2013
- City denies claims in Perkins lawsuit July 12, 2013
- Merrilees, Morgan placed on leave July 13, 2013
- Retired officers concerned about future of MVPD July 15, 2013
- Acting police chief Hartz suspended August 19, 2013
- Details emerge in suspension August 21, 2013
- Perkins questions validity of physical request September 3, 2013
- Accounts of alleged altercation differ September 4, 2013
- Mark Perkins: I want my job back September 5, 2013
- Mount Vernon Police Department files released months after request September 6, 2013
- Perkins’ evaluations show good, bad sides September 6, 2013
- City waits while BCI investigates October 12, 2013
- Twitter talk sparks 9-1-1 policy changes October 18, 2013
- City embarrassed by length of investigation November 16, 2013
- Lawsuit filed against MVPD officers November 20, 2013
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