Acting police chief suspended for 'unprofessional behavior' in car with woman

19-year veteran of force admitted accusations are true; department's regular chief also suspended but without pay for separate matter.
TNS Regional News
Aug 21, 2013


Mount Vernon’s acting police chief was suspended this week because of “ unprofessional behavior” with a female Knox County 911 dispatcher during work hours in a city vehicle, according to the letter notifying him of his suspension.

George Hartz, a 19-year veteran of the Mount Vernon Police Department, admitted to Mount Vernon officials that the accusations against him were true, according to his personnel file.

Hartz was suspended for three days without pay starting Monday; he is to return to work on Thursday.

Mount Vernon Safety Services Director David Glass would not elaborate on Hartz’s conduct.

Hartz had been filling in for Police Chief Mike Merrilees, who is suspended without pay pending an internal investigation into his actions involving a former officer who has filed a federal lawsuit over his dismissal. Merrilees and another Mount Vernon officer, Sgt. Kit Morgan, were suspended on July 12.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into their actions.

Richard Dzik, Knox County’s 911 coordinator, said the dispatcher has not been disciplined because none of the conduct occurred during her work hours.


By Laura Arenschield - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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