MOUNT VERNON — It may be another week or so before a date is posted for the test to select a new police chief, Mayor Richard Mavis and Safety-Service Director Dave Glass reported Friday at the mayor’s weekly press briefing.
Glass said Law Director Chip McConville is trying to schedule a meeting with Detective Sgt. Kit Morgan and an FOP representative, but has been unable to do so, although he expects it to take place after the first of the year. The meeting is a pre-disciplinary meeting at which Morgan and his representative can present evidence against any discipline the city may be planning as a result of its own investigation or that of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation into allegations about Morgan’s conduct involving the purchase of an impounded Jeep and the purchase and resale of surplus parking meters from the city.
Morgan has been on paid administrative leave since July as the city waited for a report from BCI. Former Police Chief Mike Merrilees was also suspended, but has since retired.
A summary of BCI findings has been sent to local officials but has not yet been made public.
Mavis and Glass said that they want to clear up Morgan’s status concerning his eligibility to take the chief’s test before the process begins.
If Morgan is eligible to take the test, he will be one of four sergeants, plus Capt. George Hartz, who can take it. Sgt. Scott McKnight is not eligible because he has not been a sergeant for a year.
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