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Greenville Department of Public Safety director resigns

The embattled director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has resigned. Mark Reiss was hired as Greenville’s public safety director in 2013. He resigned Monday.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updates Montcalm County commissioners on the ongoing county audit progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears report from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news today from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

Mark Reiss

JUST IN: Greenville Department of Public Safety director resigns

The embattled director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has resigned amid allegations of felony health care fraud.

The Montcalm County Clerk’s Office has kept detailed records of election programming billing and receipts for local municipalities and school districts since the clerk’s office started billing in 2006 at the direction of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County records contradict election billing allegations

A simmering dispute about Montcalm County election programming has come to a boil.

During the Jan. 23 Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Betty Kellenberger of Carson City stated that officials from local municipalities have been telling her this is the first year they’ve been billed by the county for election programming services. Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, who was present at that meeting, adamantly disagreed with this claim, saying the county has billed municipalities for this service since 2006 at the request of the Board of Commissioners.

Kent County Special Assistant Prosecutor Dan Helmer, left, presents a copy of the city of Greenville’s handbook on policies and procedures in Montcalm County 64B District Court in Stanton Monday to attorney Curt Benson, center, during the preliminary examination of felony health care fraud, which has been charged against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, right. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville police chief headed to trial for health care fraud

An anonymous tip to a health insurance company, recorded conversations between the Greenville city manager and the Greenville police chief and the reluctant testimony of an ex-boyfriend were revealed during an intriguing court hearing Monday. A health care fraud case against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was bound over for trial by 64B District Court Judge Donald Hemingsen.

Kent County Special Assistant Prosecutor Dan Helmer, left, presents a copy of the city of Greenville’s handbook on policies and procedures to attorney Curt Benson, center, during a preliminary examination for a felony healthcare fraud charge against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss, right. — Daily News/Cory Smith

IN BRIEF: Greenville police chief headed to trial for health care fraud

An anonymous tip to a health insurance company, recorded conversations between the Greenville city manager and the Greenville police chief and the reluctant testimony of an ex-boyfriend were revealed during an intriguing court hearing today.

A health care fraud case against Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mark Reiss was bound over for trial today by 64B District Court Judge Donald Hemmingsen.

Montcalm Conservation District Executive Director Judy Cloer and conservation district board members Steve Wyckoff and Jed Welder share their thoughts after Thursday’s Montcalm County millage meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County millage proposal inches forward

Supporters of a Montcalm County millage to fund local services have been receiving unpleasant but understandable feedback when presenting the proposal to residents.

“The initial reaction I get is, ‘Hell no,’” said Jed Welder, a Montcalm Conservation District board member and Greenville farmer. “The atmosphere with the county is so poisoned right now. But after you break through that there’s a little more willingness.”

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How Greenville health care fraud case came together

Police notes from a fraud investigation into the director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety and his ex-wife offer a revealing look at how the case came together — including false claims of being married after a divorce; the question of who is responsible for removing a beneficiary from a health insurance plan; and the usefulness of a Daily News article.

Montcalm County Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin explains how the county’s computer server operates from the basement of the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office in Stanton. McLaughlin recently solicited multiple bids for county computer upgrades and decided on a $54,998 bid from Dell OEM of Grand Rapids for a PowerEdge VRTX Modular Infrastructure, which he says typically retails for $120,000.— Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County upgrades computer system for $55,000

Montcalm County is catching up with the technological times.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Jan. 23 approved spending up to $60,000 for a server and storage project at the recommendation of Information Technology Director Eric McLaughlin.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley

Lt. Gov. Calley announces accountable, transparent government initiative

As technology continues to make instantly available information the norm — and the demand — this state’s lieutenant governor is looking to streamline that process for Michigan residents.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced an initiative to make improvements to state accountability and transparency during Friday’s Michigan Press Association luncheon.