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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