Chief Thomas E. Bartlett

August 07, 1941 ‒ June 17, 2006

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Thomas E. Bartlett, age 64, the Chief of Police in Mount Vernon for the past 23 plus years, died Saturday June 17, 2006 at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon. He was born August 7, 1941 in Mount Vernon to Henry D. Bartlett and Reba L. (Johnson) Bartlett and was a 1959 graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

Bartlett began his career with the Mount Vernon Police Department in February of 1964. He was made a sergeant in 1977 and became the head of the detective division later that same year. He was named officer of the year in 1981 and in 1983 he became the 11th chief of the Mount Vernon police department. He served in that position for over 23 years and was the city’s longest serving chief in history. His skills in the field of vehicle theft investigations earned him honors as an instructor in auto and motorcycle theft investigation classes at the Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy. He had served as vice president of the Ohio Theft Investigators Association and served as an advisor to the magazine Police Products News, for which he authored two articles. Bartlett received many other honors including Life member of the International Association of Police Chiefs, was appointed to the Ohio Victim of Crime Advisory Board by the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court where he served for nine years. Chief Bartlett also helped write state laws dealing with vehicle bumper heights.

Outside the law enforcement arena he had served as president of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club and was distinguished as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International.

Tom was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon.

Surviving are his wife Candis (Kelly) Bartlett; his step-daughter Theresa Vernon of Mount Vernon; a granddaughter Edie Vernon and his mother-in-law Mary L. Kelly of Mount Vernon.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons Christopher Bartlett, Chad Thomas Bartlett, an infant brother David Lee Bartlett and his father-in-law Jack L. Kelly.

Friends may call Wednesday from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon. Services will be Thursday at 2 PM at the Gay Street United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon with Rev. James Magaw and Rev. Dr. David Baker officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Chief Thomas E. Bartlett Scholarship Fund in care of The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County, 1 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. This scholarship will be awarded to an individual who chooses law enforcement as a career.

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