Indicted Fired at Catoosa

Catoosa, OK –
Catoosa, Okla., mayor: 2 indicted officials fired

CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) Mayor Rita Lamkin says Catoosa's assistant police chief and a county clerk have been fired following their indictment on federal drug crimes.

The mayor said Friday that 55-year-old court clerk Phyllis June Matthews was fired on Thursday, the day a federal grand jury indictment was unsealed at Tulsa.

Lamkin said she plans to notify 44-year-old assistant chief Paul Richard Whitmire of his dismissal as soon as she has a chance to call him into her office.

Whitmire faces three counts of illegally obtaining hydrocodone, a narcotic pain reliever. Matthews is charged with three counts of distribution of hydrocodone.

Sheriff Scott Walton said Thursday that others are involved in the case, including a former Catoosa police officer, and more arrests are possible.

Whitmire and Matthews pleaded not guilty Thursday and each was released on $5,000 bond.


Information from: Tulsa World,