MOUNT VERNON — Mark Perkins began his law enforcement career as a jailer with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in 1994.
While working as a jailer, Perkins completed the Basic Ohio Peace Officer training course in order to reach his goal of attaining a road position with the office in 1996.
“You are to be commended for your commitment and energy that was necessary to complete this training, while at the same time working your regular shift and trying to meet your obligations at home,” said former sheriff David Barber in correspondence to Perkins acquired through a public records request of his personnel file at the KCSO. He moved from the jail to the patrol division in January 2006. In his evaluation of his first nine months as a deputy, Perkins earned nine out of 10 points in six categories including quantity of work, dependability, ability, cooperation, initiative and personality. He scored an eight in judgment. The evaluator stated Perkins will be a good officer and added “hit the mother load.”
Perkins was named Outstanding Officer of the Year by a vote of his peers.
His scores in 1997 saw a slight decline with ranges from six to eight except for initiative (nine) and personality (10). The records also show there was a meeting between Perkins, Barber and Lt. Robert Casner to discuss the number of complaints received about the deputy. There was no information regarding the outcome of that meeting. In June of 1998, Perkins joined the Mount Vernon Police Department. His evaluations showed a continual improvement in scores from an opening 73 out of 90 points to an 81 in 2001. His evaluators stated he was motivated for self-initiated activity, willing to help others, strong supervisory skills and always looking to improve himself. It was suggested he work on his interpersonal communication skills when dealing with the public. His score in 2002 dropped to 77 and he was told to write reports with less military and police jargon and that he should give more attention to minor tasks. He was commended for his efforts to lead his junior officers. No evaluations were provided 2003 to 2006.
In 2004, Perkins was voted Officer of the Year by his peers.
By 2007, Perkins was promoted to corporal and increased his evaluation scores to an average of 9 out of 10. In 2008, he was promoted to sergeant and his average score was just over 8.6. He was given high regards for his ability to supervise, good rapport with co-workers including building a mutual respect with his subordinates. He was second among supervisors in tickets and arrests and rarely took time off that was not planned.
In 2009, Perkins received the worst evaluation of his career, which was given by Chief Mike Merrilees. He earned a 2 in responsibility and efficiency and a total of 55 points. The low score, according to the evaluation, was based on the 52 1/2 days Perkins performed his duties as an administrative supervisor, a position he was appointed to in November 2008. The remainder of the year he served with the Ohio National Guard.
Merrilees said he “generally” responds to the needs of others but he did not have the same priorities as the chief.
“In some ways Sgt. Perkins makes a better supervisor than a subordinate,” Merrilees said.
This evaluation was signed and dated by Merrilees on March 9, 2010. Perkins was deployed in April 2009 and did not return to MVPD until summer of 2011. He signed the evaluation on Aug. 26, 2011. There were no evaluations for 2010, 2011 or 2012.
Perkins was fired by the city on April 19 for insubordination and gross misconduct. An arbitration is scheduled for Sept. 17.
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