Local & Regional
11:30 am
Sun September 27, 2009

Okmulgee County Woes

Okmulgee, OK –
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) Eight officials in Okmulgee County are charged with 38 misdemeanor counts of violating the state's Open Meetings Act.

Those charged include Sheriff Eddie Rice, Okmulgee city Police Chief Joe Prentice, County Commissioner James Connors and Criminal Trust Authority members Richard Larney, Charles Rogers, Bill Holcomb, Leslie Johnston and Billy Green.

All but Green are charged in district court with taking an unauthorized vote in executive session, failure to give notice of action actually taken, failure to record each member's vote and two counts of failure to give notice of action taken.

Green is charged with failing to record each member's vote and two counts of failure to give notice of action taken.

Court documents indicate the alleged violations occurred between Dec. 7, 2006, and Feb. 1, 2007.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com