A small town Missouri Marshal got re-elected top cop in the town of Dixon, Missouri, even though he’s indicted on 15 charges, along with his wife, another indicted former city of Dixon employee.
The pictured man wearing Under Armour gear on the job?
He’s Michael Plummer, the current ex-City Marshal of Dixon, Missouri.
Who lost the job last year, when he lost his peace officer’s license last year already.
After being accused of selling police lights, amongst other felony charges.
And now, Plummer’s the Dixon City Marshal-elect too.
“The City attempted to enact an ordinance that would prevent elected officials that were indicted or losing their peace office license to hold office again,” said Missouri state licensed Private Investigator Mike Rekart who has been teaching the town of Dixon about the Sunshine Law, “but inexplicably the city council voted against it”
“So now, the city has a big mess on their hands,” says Rekart, a longtime member of the PINAC Newsroom.
Not too long ago, according to local TV news, Plummer got indicted by a Pulaski County grand jury for all of this:
- Five counts of forgery related to blood alcohol content (BAC) Datarnaster Evidence Tickets which were signed by Marshal Plummer as the operator, even though another unlicensed officer had run the Datamaster test at an earlier time;
- One count of misdemeanor of hindering prosecution related to the DWI test of a defendant on January 1, 2015, that was never forwarded to any city or state agency for action;
- One count of stealing related to the unlawful sales of city owned police vehicle light bars;
- One count of misdemeanor false declaration for submitting a false statement to Sheriff Ron Long in regards to an investigation of a stolen vehicle involving another Dixon police officer;
- One count of hindering prosecution for instructing others in the Dixon Police Department to submit false statements to Sheriff Ron Long during his investigation of a stolen vehicle of a Dixon police officer;
- Three counts of forgery for submitting false applications for Type Ill BAC Operator’ s permits; and
- Three counts of misdemeanor making a false declaration for submitting false applications for Type Ill BAC Operator’s Permits certifying that training was completed when, in fact, that training was never completed.
So of course, Dixon’s voters stayed loyal to their deposed former elected lawman and voted to bring Michael Plummer back.
The tally of the votes came in, and it completely debunked the myths about Iowa or New Hampshire’s more intimate contact between politicians and electorate in Presidential primary races, spurring better choices.
In small town Missouri, folks band together to protect the guy who might know where all of the bodies are buried, in a proverbial sense.
Here’s the vote:
Gary Brankel 86 <– marshal interim
Scott Jones 35
Michael Plummer 125 <– the current ex marshal who’s been indicted and will soon be facing more indictments
Charlie McPeak 85
The only truly, detailed local report on Marshal Plummer’s misconduct behind the badge is surprisingly best found on a Facebook photo with a tremendously long caption on the Pulaski County Daily News, which you can read in full below.
It tells Missouri Marshal-elect Plummer’s story beginning on March 29th, just a few short days before this week’s election:
Prosecutor Kevin Hillman asked Associate Circuit Judge John Wiggins to revoke Plummer’s $50,000 bond, claiming that “since being released on bond, the defendant has engaged in a pattern of conduct where he has contacted a number of named witnesses in this case to attempt to influence their testimony.”
The named witnesses include the Dixon Municipal Court Clerk, Kathi Smith, who played a recording to Dixon Police Clerk Teri Edmunds, sent by telephone from a blocked number, in which Plummer had recorded “Edmunds stating that ‘she had his back and would be loyal to him'” which, according to Hillman’s court filing, happened because “Edmunds believed that (Plummer) sent the recording in an attempt to intimidate her.”
And continued on March 31st saying:
That incident happened on Nov. 23. Several weeks later on Dec. 17, Plummer approached another named witnesses in the case, Orin Alexander, who is now involved in a separate civil lawsuit, “and started talking about the DWI and making comments about he didn’t sign the DWI.” Hillman’s court filing says that Alexander took his beer outside Homeplate Bar and Grill in Dixon “and went outside to get away from” Plummer, who followed Alexander, continued to ask questions, and “then stated to Mr. Alexander that the city of Dixon may be giving him some money… because some DWIs were issued without his signature and they may pay money because of this.”
Phelps County Associate Circuit Judge John Wiggins issued an order today barring Dixon Marshal Mike Plummer from contacting witnesses endorsed by the prosecution, but decided not to revoke Plummer’s $50,000 bond despite Pulaski County Prosecutor Kevin Hillman’s claims that Plummer had engaged in witness tampering.
“There’s been a pattern of promises here… of communication with witnesses that borders on witness tampering,” Hillman said this morning during a court hearing on revoking Plummer’s bond.
Some cities would be better off with professional police chiefs running their departments.
Meanwhile, Dixon relies on the antiquated elected City Marshal, as it has since the days of the wild west.
But both of Plummer’s deputies are facing legal action too.
So would a town like Dixon just be better off if its police folded and were replaced by presumably more competent county level officers on patrol?
“The People have spoken… and they must be punished,” said New York City’s then-Mayor Ed Koch once said, describing both his defeat in a long ago primary election, and this turn of events in Missouri.