Sources have confirmed to Newsradio 1240 and 107.5 FM WTAX that John Mehlick has resigned due to a conflict of interest.
A news release from the city sent Wednesday afternoon said only that Mehlick will step down effective December 14th, but no other explanation was provided.
Sources tell WTAX Mehlick presided over one of Calvin Christian III’s traffic cases in 2008, case 2008-TR-046007. The source says the street crimes unit issued the ticket, which is what got Christian interested in the activities surrounding the city’s street crimes unit to begin with. That started the Freedom of Information Act requests which, eventually, led to Christian’s request of internal affairs files from the Springfield Police Department.
Mehlick dismissed the ticket.
The city council is currently discussing a $100,000 settlement with Christian over the police document shredding incident, a settlement which would officially absolve the city of any wrongdoing.
Nathan Mihelich, Springfield’s director of communications, told WTAX’s Ray Lytle that he doubted the 2008 traffic case has anything to do with why Mehlick resigned. Mihelich spoke highly of Mehlick’s tenure as acting counsel, telling Lytle he “couldn’t even begin” to talk about how wonderful Mehlick has been.
He was appointed several months ago after the resignation of Mark Cullen after his involvement in the police document shredding incident was uncovered.