Fort Lawn chief faces charge, loses job

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By The Staff

FORT LAWN – Mike Revels was arrested Wednesday and then fired from his job as Fort Lawn police chief.

He turned himself in to State Law Enforcement Division agents Wednesday morning. He has been charged with one count of misconduct in office.

Chester County Magistrate Dianne Moore set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond and he was released after being booked.

The charge relates to a period when Revels was police chief in Great Falls.

Revels left the Great Falls post last year to take the job in Fort Lawn after Richard Smith stepped down as Fort Lawn’s chief. Smith resigned as chief after being elected as Chester County’s new sheriff in 2008.

Revels, 42, of 161 Forest Lakes Circle, Great Falls, was charged with misconduct in office (common law), according to a release from SLED.

Investigators say Revels stole about $100 of $200 from a victim in an investigation conducted by the Great Falls Police Department on or about March 31, 2007.

The warrant charging Revels says he recovered $200 in stolen money and did “willfully and corruptly return a lesser amount to the victim, representing the lesser amount to have been the full amount recovered.”

Common law misconduct in office is a misdemeanor offense punishable at the discretion of the court.

Fort Lawn Mayor Clif Ferguson said Wednesday that Revels has been fired.

The town will now advertise the position and seek Revels’ replacement, Ferguson said.

Ferguson said he’ll consider naming an acting chief, but the department has no lieutenants who might take charge in the interim.

Town Council has a regular meeting on Tuesday and Ferguson said the issue would probably come up at that time.

Ferguson said the council was aware of the investigation when Revels was interviewing for the position last year.

Ferguson said he regrets that this has happened, and believed Revels was a fine police officer for the town.

“It’s unfortunate,” he said.

Great Falls Mayor H.C. “Speedy” Starnes Jr. declined to say much on the arrest, saying his comments would not change things.

“I’m sorry it happened,” Starnes said.

Starnes said he was satisfied with the job Revels did in Great Falls before he left for Fort Lawn.

Attempts to reach Revels by phone Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Sheriff Smith said “it’s a sad day” when those who have to enforce the law are charged with breaking it.

“We’re not above the law,” he said.