Durant police chief on administrative leave

By: KXII-Staff Email
By: KXII-Staff Email

DURANT, OK – Police chief Gary Rudick has been placed on paid administrative leave by city manager Jim Dunegan. This after allegations made from within the Durant police department.

City leaders are not releasing the nature of the allegations, but say they take each one seriously. They plan to conduct a thorough investigation to resolve the issue.

Rudick was placed on leave Tuesday afternoon. He has served as police chief for nearly three years.


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  • by DON'T POINT THE FINGER Location: DURANT on Nov 17, 2007 at 08:02 PM
    I JUST WANT TO FIT INTO THE 20 SHOWN ABOVE WHO DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE OF WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE DURANT POLICE DEPARTMENT. EVERYONE ONE WHO WANTS TO SUPPORT CHIEF RUDICK,THATS GOOD IF THATS THEIR CALLING BUT TO TALK DOWN THE MEN WHO ATTEMPT TO PROTECT AND SERVE THE CITY WHICH YOU ALL LIVE IN IS CRAZY. I WOULD BET THAT NOT ONE PERSON WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO TYPE THE RUDE COMMENTS ABOVE, EVEN KNOWS WHY THE CHIEF IS BEING INVESTIGATED BUT WE CAN ALL TAKE THE TIME TO WRITE ABOUT HOW THE UNION AND THE POLICE OFFICERS NEED TO GROW UP OR MOVE ON BUT IF WE WOULD ALL GROW UP WE WOULD NOT BE TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE TO STOP AND THINK ABOUT TALKING BAD ABOUT THE OFFICERS OF YOUR CITY WHO GET SPIT ON,CURSED,FOUGHT,USED,UNDER STAFFED, UNDER PAID AND LET DOWN FROM THE PUBLIC NOT EVERY FOUR YEARS BUT ON A DAYLY OCCURRENCE. I BELIEVE THE CITY MANAGER WILL DO A GREAT INVESTIGATION AND DO WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTREAST FOR THE DEPARTMENT.
  • by quietman Location: Durant on Nov 17, 2007 at 05:06 PM
    I work in the Durant PD. I'm a civilian and I can tell you that Chief Rudick is a good and honorable man. The FOP is the problem. They do not want a Chief they want to run things. Things are already starting to fall apart here and if they dont' do something soon it will be very bad here.
  • by Dr. JP & Kathryn Sudderth Vanderpool Location: Durant/Tulsa on Nov 15, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    TO E's Rsponse. IF you are a city employee like others who put initals and no full names which is your right, It only shows that you have a little voice. This man I feel as the chief can make a call on any issue and before deciding he would thourougly investigate. If any employee is NOT satisfied with there job or his decisions "I hear the Prisons ARE HIRING". Ill even help them pack there bags. Durant needs no more press as we have had to much already.
  • by Mary Davis Location: Bryan County on Nov 15, 2007 at 11:06 AM
    I feel something IS gone fowl in any cause for a suspension of the Chief of Durant PD. He is an asset to the community and should make the other agency's feel bad for not learning how to follow the protocol mandated by our legislators and set out by statute. Durant and Bryan County would become more effective in finance, Jail Et Al. WHICH have show from the record the tactics are NOT WORKING ......And I bet when the Election times comes again WE WILL see new faces in these hampered and "THE GOT, TO MUCH OF A BIG HEAD" positions. NO ONE IS IRREPLACEABLE. Chief Ruddick NEEDS applause not to be silenced and return to work IMMEDIATELY.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Nov 15, 2007 at 08:52 AM
    Dear Fed Up, Sorry you don't like my donughnut jokes & your absolutly right - I'll start working on new material today & I'll try to come up with some new stuff that won't fly over the top of your head. PS - Thanks for reading my post. Yours truely - the "idiot" AKA Mork the Dork.
  • by Bill Location: Durant/Tulsa on Nov 15, 2007 at 06:05 AM
    Chief Ruddick has been an asset to the City Of Durant and is knowledgeable and helpful to any situation. Durant is growing as many places are SO there is going to be more crime and the Chief is able to make quick and unfettered decisions in any allocation that should arise due to his long career in Tulsa before moving to Durant. I feel that IF this allegation is of a cultural, conduciveness or in any way a judgment of impartiality within the department the dogs are barking up the wrong tree. The Chief will assess any situation and give the right decision or credit where IT IS due to a citizen or employee. This is his job SO LET HIM DO IT. Having been on both sides of the law with this man and usually more AWAY from the legal. I still consider him Honorable and an asset to Durant. SO, IF he did something to your cereal on any paticular morning then just get another bowl and set down and enjoy.No one WANT'S TO LOOSE A GOOD THING.
  • by Jim Location: Durant on Nov 15, 2007 at 12:46 AM
    I have lived in Durant for 30 years. Our PD has come a long way. Chief Ruddick, From what I understand has been just what we needed. Maybe we should take a closer look at some of the officers. If the can't take some tuff leadership from a true leader, how can they be on the streets inforcing the laws. Whay will they do under real pressure? Run home to mommy? Get over it men. You have a great leader. Somtimes you have to take a little salt with the sugar. If you can't work for a great leader then find a new line of work. We in Durant don't need you.
  • by Gene Location: Durant on Nov 14, 2007 at 10:14 PM
    The Durant Police Department's Fraternal Order of Police has gained to much power. If an officer gets mad at the Chief then all the officers have a meeting and vote that they have no confidence in their chief and then he is placed on suspension. The last three Durant Police Chief's have been placed on suspension at the request of the FOP. Chief Ruddick is a professional and his men need to grow up and start acting like professional police officers. I have confidence in our City Manager and believe that he will take away some of the FOP's powers and make these officers responsible for their own mistakes and hold them accountable to their CHIEF of Police. Our Police Chief should not fear reprisals from the FOP when he disciplines an officer and this is what happened and now our Chief gets all this bad publicity when in fact he should be praised for his outstanding job performance. Lets get this investigation over quickly and put our Chief back to work.
  • by Bill Sudderth Location: Durant on Nov 14, 2007 at 07:45 PM
    Chief Ruddick has been an asset to Durant and is knowledgeable and helpful to any situation. The City Durant is growing as many places are SO there is going to be more crime and this Chief is able to make quick and unfettered decisions in any allocation that should arise due to his long career in Tulsa before moving to Durant. I feel that IF this allegation is of a cultural,conduciveness or in any way a judgment of impartiality within the department the dogs are barking up the wrong tree. The Chief will evaluate any situation and give the right decision or any credit where he thinks it is due to a citizen or employee. This is his job SO LET HIM DO IT. His expirence and record should speak for it's self and Durant should be thankful to have such a great man in this position WHO DOES listen to the citizens and WHO is responsive to any concern or situation.
  • by citizen Location: Durant on Nov 14, 2007 at 07:12 PM
    Well, the FOP is at it again! They average running off a police chief about every 4 years. They are actually ahead of schedule this time, as Chief Ruddick has only been here about 3 years. He must have run a tighter ship than his predecessors! He is doing a great job; hope the city leaders can see past the disgruntled employees.
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