OSBI to investigate City of Healdton, HIA

By: Amanda Brown Email
By: Amanda Brown Email

HEALDTON, OK -- Carter County District Attorney Craig Ladd says he spoke with an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Tuesday. While he couldn't tell us much about the investigation he did say it has to do with allegations of improprieties within the City of Healdton government and the Healdton Industrial Authority.

Ladd couldn't specify what improprieties are alleged, but HIA chair Sherri Blevins says she welcomes the investigation, saying it will clear current HIA members of any wrongdoing.

Three weeks ago Healdton mayor Richard Bray announced that he planned to disband the HIA and implement shorter terms for newly selected board members who are voted in by the city council. Bray says he made the decision based on discrepancies in city documents regarding the organization of the HIA.

For example, city manager Louis Smitherman says the term for HIA chair Sherri Blevins was slated to end in August of 2009. However, she is still serving on the board and the city has no documentation of her re-election.

Blevins says the HIA has evidence to prove that three councilmen violated the open meetings act which involved a meeting held about the budget, they plan on sharing that information with OSBI.

District Attorney Craig Ladd said he feels the OSBI agent has enough information to begin the investigation.


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