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 Carthage Marshal Onkst Resigns from Police Dept.

May 7, 2008 - A week after vacating his seat on the town council, Mike Onkst severed his remaining official tie with Carthage by resigning from his job as town marshal.

In a letter dated April 21, Onkst advised the council he wished to resign effective July 1. During a special meeting April 22, however, the council said Onkst could only stay through May 6, a decision that proved short-lived.

Clerk-Treasurer Linda McMahan told The Banner last week that the May 6 date was changed during another special meeting on April 26, when the council decided Onkst's resignation would take effect as of that date. She said the council also voted at that meeting to hire Carthage resident Dan Murphy as an interim deputy for the Carthage Police Department for a 30-day period.

Murphy, 43, told The Banner he has been a part-time deputy in Greensfork Police Department, where Carthage Town Council President Rick Bush serves as town marshal, for about five years. He said he and his seven-year-old daughter moved to Carthage last year following his wife's death.

"Carthage is a new start for us," Murphy said, adding that he hopes the council makes his interim appointment permanent. He said he enjoys law enforcement work and looks forward to serving the town's citizens.

Besides Murphy, the Carthage Police Department has, according to McMahan, two unpaid reserve officers: Brad Rogers and former CPD Deputy Richard Stern. McMahan said that after the council recently voted to eliminate the CPD's two paid deputy positions -- a decision made before Murphy was hired -- Stern agreed to stay on as a reserve officer.

The Carthage Town Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. today. The council has also scheduled a private executive session, immediately following the public meeting, to receive information about alleged misconduct on the part of a town employee. Public notice for the executive session did not identify the employee at issue or the nature of their alleged misconduct.

 

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