Owasso city manager resigns


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Rodney Ray
Rodney Ray
Reported by: MirandaChristian
Updated: 6/26/2013 11:10 am Published: 6/26/2013 11:07 am


Soon a new city manager will be watching over Owasso.

Rodney Ray officially resigned under pressure Tuesday night and his resignation was accepted much to the chagrin of some of his opponents.

"It doesn't paint a good picture of the city of Owasso," said Owasso resident, J.B. Alexander.

It was agenda item number five, but to Owasso taxpayers it points back to police surveillance video.

FOX23 obtained video of a traffic stop involving Owasso Vice Mayor Chris Kelley. Kelly failed three sobriety tests, but officers agreed to drive him home after finding out who he was.

Three minutes into Tuesday's city council meeting, city officials stepped away for a closed door conversation.

Everyone watching assumed councilors talked about replacing Ray. He's accused of trying to get the surveillance video erased.

"We could've very easily have been talking about a fatality," said Dian Finnell, with Owasso Tax Payer Alliance.

"It's exposed the character of the city manager," said Alexander.

Alexander said it exposes concerns many have had for years.

"We expect our city leaders to become more transparent," said Alexander.

An hour after closing doors, councilors stepped out of executive session with changes: Rodney Ray was out as city manager, he resigned, and Warren Lher became the replacement.

"Situations like this are never easy," said Lher.

Fox23 learned Lher's role could be temporary.

"Our desire is that it gets turned over to the district attorney," said Alexander.

Lher will begin his job as interim city manager July 1.


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