Background checks conducted by Marysville police found job applicants at this year's Union County Fair included a registered sex offender and two people sought on felony warrants.

Background checks conducted by Marysville police found job applicants at this year's Union County Fair included a registered sex offender and two people sought on felony warrants.

The investigation stemmed from a city council ordinance requiring all ride and game companies to get a license to work at the fair.

The companies were required to submit a list of all employees and job applicants.

Police received names, addresses, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of all employees and job applicants.

Police Chief Floyd Golden said police checked to see if anyone was sought on a violent felony warrant or was a registered sex offender.

"The results of those does not affect whether or not they're able to work in that position. The city doesn't dictate that," Golden said.

Police worked with the Union County Sheriff's Office to place plainclothes officers at the fair to confirm all ride and game operators have been checked.

Golden said the two companies working the fair this year are Kissel Brothers Shows of Cincinnati and a company run by John Stevens of Springfield.

He said Kissel runs the rides and some games, while Stevens runs three or four games.

Kissel's business manager, Dwayne Macek, said his company has about 30 employees operating rides.

He said the company contracts with other people who run games, but they are not on the payroll.

"Everyone who came in through us complied with the background checks," Macek said.

Macek said Kissel always works with police departments on employee background checks before working any fair. He said those checks have prevented people from being hired "on a regular basis."

Next year, he said, Kissel will use a private company to run background checks.

He said this will include fingerprinting and a search through the FBI database. He said no company had been selected yet.

Macek said the registered sex offender was an applicant for fair work and was not hired.

Golden said the sex offender had been involved with someone under age 13.

"The law worked as it was intended to," Macek said.

Of the two people sought on felony warrants, Golden said one never came to work at the fair. Golden said that person was sought for larceny.

Macek said the other person is still working with Kissel.

That worker is sought on a felony warrant for theft from Butler County, and a misdemeanor warrant from Union County, Macek said.

He would not say what the misdemeanor warrant is for, and said the sheriff's office handled the arrest. The sheriff's office did not return calls by press time.

Macek said the employee will keep his job becaue the offenses are nonviolent.

He also said his company posted bond for the employee in Union County, and will escort the employee to Butler County to deal with the theft warrant.

"Golden made us aware of" the misdemeanor, Macek said.

Macek said his company has "been very honest" and cooperative with police. He said local law enforcement was doing a "phenomenal" job.

"I think it's a good thing," he said.

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