Why Is Terry Bock Still on the Merit Board?

by Staff on October 6, 2011 · 2 comments

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Yesterday afternoon, I attended the monthly meeting on the Mitchell Police Merit Board at City Hall.

Not much was accomplished at the meeting, other than Terry Bock convincing me, yet again, that he has absolutely no place at all on the Merit Board.

Nearly a year and a half ago, I was the first to request from the Mitchell Police Department “recordings captured by Officer Blair’s in-car audio microphones on March 25th, 2010″. My request was ultimately denied by City Attorney Bill Mullis:

Concerning your request, the City of Mitchell must deny it as the record(s) requested fall into the statutory exception for investigatory records (Indiana Code § 5-14-3-4(b)(1).

Later, the recordings were turned over to the Bedford Times-Mail who reported that the tapes captured a lengthy conversation between then Mitchell Police Officer Steven Blair and Merit Board Commissioner Terry Bock.

As I wrote over a year ago:

It is in the best interest of the citizens of Mitchell to demand that Terry Bock get his head out of his ass and now vacate his seat on the merit commission.

At yesterday’s Merit Board meeting, Bock only provided me with more reasons why he should not be on the board, with comments such as, “If you have a problem [with the police], don’t bring it to me because I don’t care” and “I dont want to her anything about police officers and what they’re doing on the street”.

Bock made a motion that the board accept absolutely no public comments at their meetings. After discussion from Phil Tincher, the motion was ultimately withdrawn and reintroduced with new wording, limiting public comments to those not directly affecting any investigation that the merit board might be considering or may hear in the future.

Bock’s reasoning behind his motion was that he didn’t want citizens to bring up issues regarding police officers that may ultimately come before the board. Bock stated that if a citizen were to provide commentary or evidence to the board, then the board’s ability to impartially hear that issue would be compromised.

Ironically, that’s the same reasoning I gave over a year ago when I demanded that Bock relinquish his seat on the board. Due to his involvement in what’s become known as the “Bock-Blair” scandal, his ability to impartially hear the Steven Blair case is gone. Since the board was, it seems, created ultimately for this purpose, it is my opinion that Terry Bock has absolutely no place on that board.

Mitchell citizen Ron Pridemore also appeared before the board and read a written statement regarding the Merit Board’s violation of Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act, but I’ll cover that later. I think I’m going off the grid for a few days. Enjoy your weekend.

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