Owasso city manager quits, ending suspension

OWASSO, Okla. (AP) - The city manager of Owasso has resigned, saying he wants to prevent "further adverse publicity" for the Tulsa-area community.

Rodney Ray in April ordered police officers to delete video showing a traffic stop involving a vice mayor being investigated for driving under the influence. Police said the vice mayor was ultimately driven home by officers and not charged.

Ray was also accused of bouncing a check and the subject of an undisclosed employee complaint.

Owasso City Council member Charlie Brown said Ray's resignation lets Owasso "move on, pure and simple," according to the Tulsa World.

The council approved a severance package worth $185,073 Tuesday night. The newspaper said Ray, who is 66, denied requests for interviews.

Ray was city manager twice, for a total of more than 20 years.

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