Pal marshal charged with theft, suspended
Palmyra Town Marshal Rex Frederick, 41, has been suspended from duty after being charged with theft and receiving stolen property.
Frederick turned himself in to the Harrison County Jail last Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was released on a $12,400 full-cash bond Monday afternoon.
That evening, Frederick was suspended without pay at a special meeting of the Palmyra Town Council. The suspension is indefinite and also amounts to a suspension of patrols conducted by town reserve officers.
‘We will not be having patrols until such time that there is a marshal to supervise,’ Councilman George Morgan said yesterday. ‘We are going to wait and see how this develops.’
The town is in possession of its patrol car. Frederick provided his own service weapon while on duty.
Frederick is accused of using his access as club treasurer to write several checks on the Morgan Township Fish and Game Club’s account for personal expenses in 2004 and 2005 as well as writing checks directly to himself.
An investigation of the club’s records has identified $12,397 which Frederick is accused of taking over 10 months.
Morgan said Frederick had served as town marshal during several years in the 1990s and returned to the position about two years ago.
The fish and game club served as the town hall and town council’s meeting place for years before a proper town hall was constructed and opened in December 2003.