City council recognizes Chief Merkel for transformative work

Vergennes Councilors thanked retiring Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel for his 13 years of “dedicated service” to the city.

Letter to the editor: Stacey is best choice for Addison County sheriff

Not only is Mark a close friend; he is also a valued member of the Vergennes Police Department. 

Letter to the editor: Article missed hateful rhetoric

I found the article covering the City Council meeting of Sept .13 mischaracterized several major aspects of the meeting, starting with the headline “Most …back Chief.”

Most at city meeting back Chief Merkel

Most — but not all — of the more than 100 local residents who attended Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council meeting came to support Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and ask city officials to work things out with Merkel and ask him not to retire. 

Letter to the editor: Accountability isn’t disrespect

Since Chief Merkel announced his retirement, Front Porch Forum in Vergennes has been awash in vague and inflammatory posts about city leadership.

Letter to the editor: Chief’s decision understandable

I was momentarily stunned to read that George Merkel has given his notice, but I totally understand why he has.

City police chief to retire early, cites lack of respect

Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel on Tuesday submitted an unexpected letter of resignation, effective Oct. 31, citing unhappiness with how he and the department he has led for 13 years have been treated, but without offering specifics.

Vergennes police chief cleared of fraud allegation

MONTPELIER — Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan on Friday announced his office had cleared Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel of allegations of that he had fraudulently reported overtimes. The investigation was begun by Addison County Sheriff Peter N … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Vergennes chief says police cultivate trust

On behalf of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and the Vermont Police Association, I express both outrage and sadness surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The actions of one maligned officer with his unwarranted use o … (read more)

Bruised feelings, debate follow alderman’s email to city police chief

VERGENNES — At a tense 40-minute personnel discussion at the Vergennes City Council last week, councilors talked at length about a Dec. 11 email sent by Alderman Mark Koenig to Police Chief George Merkel and its aftermath. Later last week Koenig acknowled … (read more)

City police chief reads to kids at library

VERGENNES — On the evening of Monday, Nov. 18, a group of approximately 20 children and almost an equal number of parents came to the Bixby Library to share an evening of reading, laughter and chocolate chip cookies (made by Mrs. Merkel) with Vergennes Po … (read more)