Meeting may void Atoka Co. pay raises

ATOKA, Okla. (AP) - A newspaper editor has filed a police complaint contending county officials violated the Open Meeting Act by barring him from a closed-door session to discuss pay raises for elected officials.

Atoka County Commissioners approved pay raises of 21 percent for elected officials in a public meeting Monday without discussion.

The private session was held July 9. The hike increased the officials' pay to $37,200 a year from $30,685.

Atoka County Times newspaper editor Joe McClour provided details in the complaint filed Friday about how he tried to get into the private gathering and was not allowed in.

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  • by Nemo Location: Atoka on Aug 4, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    The meeting between all 3 commissioners was illegal, and at least one commissioner, Gilbert Wilson, knew that perfectly well, hence all the secrecy. If Dale didn't know about Open Meetings Act violations, it is his fault, because he should get acquainted with the rules when he takes office. No excuse either for Culbreath, who served for years on the excise board, and knows what a legal meeting is. And Gary McCool is an idiot, an immature, vindictive, small-minded, barely-literate cretin who has managed to hold onto his job for over 20 years. He needs all this extra money out of the budget every year, he says, because he cannot run his dept without more funds, and then he agrees to a pay hike. Well, who wouldn't be "tickled to death." I always thought Nancy Hill was a straight-shooter. The other dummies know she is, and that's why she was left out of the meeting she "accidentally walked into." Boo for Atoka County, we need some elected officials more responsible to their constituents.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    EVERYONE that KNOWS NANCY KNOWS she is just trying to make a name for herself these guys did no wrong i dont THINK anyone in the county would do what they do even for the new raise if so RUN FOR OFFICE
  • by voter Location: atoka on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    as a voter in atoka county I say we need to clean house next election everyone needs to go except NANCY HILL. At least we have one person that knows right from wrong. I have known her all of her life and i don't think you could beat Nancy enough to make her do wrong she is just a honest person.
  • by Informed voter Location: Stringtown on Jul 20, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    Mr. Lillard is indeed working for the gas/oil companies but his office is being run by Commissioner Wilson - this is legal isn't it???????? Oh wait, his wife is actually in the office but no neopitism there!! Marvin Dale should be ashamed of himself as well as Phillip Culbreath - they should have stood up to Mr. Wilson and the county bumkin sheriff (saying "dang shore" with toothpick hanging out of mouth while being interviewed makes me hesitant to tell anyone where I am from - total embarrassment). The sheriff and deputy's also moonlight in the gas/oil fields for extra pay but that leaves the county without law enforcement but let's give them a 21% raise!!!!!!! WHAT A JOKE!
  • by atoka co. voter Location: atoka on Jul 18, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    What about all of the county hands. Why not use the money to improve roads. mr. wilson seems to be good at this like naming a coummity building after one person that has not done anything more for the community than any other person. One comm. said i quit better paying jobs to take this job NO you ran for the office. and was voted for by the people that though they could trust you. And as for as not knowing it wasn't legal well you should not be in office. Mr Wilson and Mr McCool knew it. What about hiring a person to build the jail that was not bonded.Way to go NANCY HILL. We also need to look at the county tresurer taking money for his job. but never there because he works for the oil filds.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Jul 18, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    One thing is for sure, you'd never see any newspaper editor pursue a violation of the open meetings act here in Denison, TX.
  • by Johnny Location: Here in the USA on Jul 17, 2009 at 11:50 PM
    Elected official are'nt given rules and laws when they are sworn in?? How about the ones that have been in office many times and still don't know the law and rules of holding meeting!! How about raises for the county workers that are'nt elected.. Way to go Nancy for standing up to the others and speaking your mind in stead of hiding behind the newly elected. If they did'nt think they did wrong then when don't they just come out and tell the truth!!! STILL HIDING
  • by concern citizen Location: Atoka on Jul 17, 2009 at 07:58 PM
    They (Commissioner Culbreath (been in for 3 weeks), Commissioner Dale (been in office for 3 Mos), and County Clerk Henry(been in for 6 mos)weren't worried about pay when they ran for office. Why the change of heart now? Hope everyone of you get beat in the next election. Along with the Sheriff and the other CC (Wilson).
  • by 123 Location: Atoka on Jul 17, 2009 at 04:31 PM
    Hmmm...I believe all of the sheriff deputies are paid through the sales tax money that was passed several years ago. The elected officials all got a raise 3 years ago...wasn't 6000 but it was a raise.
  • by 214 Location: Atoka on Jul 17, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    How come the NEW County Commissioner didn't know about the Open Meeting Act since he has been on the Excise Board for atleast 10 years. Don't they have to follow the Open Meeting Act at their meetings?????
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