Charges filed against Michigan City mayor

Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WNDU) - It looks like crime has become a big issue in the Michigan City Mayor’s race.

Court documents show incumbent Ron Meer faces six felony counts for intimidation and official misconduct, and two misdemeanors for false informing “resulting in substantial hindrance to law enforcement.”

Last month, Meer claimed the arrest of his stepson on drug charges was politically motivated.

Shortly afterward the police chief resigned and wrote that he was directed by Meer to pull city officers out of the county drug task force.

Court documents show that Judge Richard R. Stalbrink recused himself from the case because his wife is corporate council for Michigan City.

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As crime has become a big issue in the Michigan City mayor's race, court documents show incumbent Ron Meer faces two misdemeanor charges of false informing and six felony counts for intimidation and official misconduct.

Shortly after the mayor's stepson was arrested on drug charges earlier this month, Meer claimed the case was politically motivated.

Police Chief Mark Swistek and Assistant Chiefs Royce Williams and Kevin Urbanczyk then resigned.

In a letter of resignation, Swistek wrote that he was directed by Meer to pull city officers out of the La Porte County Drug Task Force.

Dion Campbell, a former school resource officer, was named the new police chief on Tuesday.

The judge assigned to Meer's case quickly recused himself because his wife is corporate council for the city.