Durant police chief stepping down

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

DURANT, Okla. -- It looks like Durant Police Chief Gary Rudick will be stepping down. City Manager Jim Dunegan says he received what he calls a "letter of intent" from Rudick, saying the chief intends to resign May 2.

Dunegan says Rudick is leaving of his own accord, but says a few things need to happen before he actually resigns.

Rudick was placed on paid administrative leave last fall, following a complaint within the department. After an investigation, he was placed back on duty.

Tulsa Police say Rudick is taking a job with the Tulsa Public Schools' new police department.

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  • by Andy Location: Durant on Apr 9, 2008 at 08:28 AM
    Quietman I would love to visit with you.
  • by Quietman Location: Durant on Apr 6, 2008 at 07:34 PM
    Well, Willie boy, here I am. And you sound like someone who knows waaaay too much about the police dept. so you are probably one of the whiny cops he got cross ways with but we will never know because you are a coward who won't say. Rudick did a lot for the PD and for a lot of citizens because he raised money for kids, helped the schools and fed old people out of his own pocket but he was not appreciated so good for him to leave this dump town and go somewhere he will be appreciated. This is all AN's fault and he knows it. The union hides and slanders people behind their back and won't ever go public with their gripes, they just try and slander good people. This is the third time they have done it and people in this town like a good dirty story. I hope the next chief is a real jerk who makes the cops sorry they ever joined the force. Maybe the good ones will go with him to Tulsa and leave the jerks here becuase that is what Willie and the rest of you deserve.
  • by anonymous on Apr 4, 2008 at 08:39 PM
    We don't know what goes on behind the doors of that police department. So how can we say it is the union's fault or anyone else. We don't know the Chief except for his public appearances!Lets just let the police department move on and keep bettering themselves.
  • by Nick Location: Durant on Apr 4, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    Seems to me that he did a pretty good job here in Durant. I don't know about these conflicts that there aparantly are with the unions. Whats sad is that someone can become a school cop and make the same if not more than what he was making as a chief. Maybe we should have another sales tax increase so we can pay our PD decent wages, and you might be able to get some better quality officers to stay longer?
  • by Vick M. Location: Durant on Apr 4, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    Ok people, for those of you who can't get over the fact that Chief Rudick is leaving you need to get over the fact that the FOP had NOTHING I repeat NOTHING to do with his leaving. Tulsa ISD offered Rudick 1)three times what he is making here in Durant 2)his wife a position at the Tulsa schools 3) moving expenses. All of this tho create their very first police dept. with an 18 million dollar budget. So stop whining about the FOP and face the FACTS money not loyalty to this community, makes his world go round. So those of you who were loyal to him and were betrayed guess you have egg on your face!!!!
  • by Willie Location: Durant on Apr 4, 2008 at 04:27 PM
    I'm confused, this is for rick and anonymous from durant. The only reason you two think it is because of the union is because it was the chief's administrative leave story was brought back up in this most recent broadcast. I really doubt you two have any idea what has gone on, before or after the complaint. You two probably dont even know what the Unions function really is, it is not to do battle with the cheif it is to protect the Officer's that are members. Thanks for your 1 side opinion though. I on the other hand agree with bob. This is not the Unions fault. I wonder what "loudmouth" AKA "quietman" has to say on the subject.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2008 at 02:33 PM
    if the man took a job that is from his home town where his family is, and is starting a new police department in the Tulsa Public School, how is that the unions fault. rick maybe you should not always try and put the blame on people. Maybe you should be the next chief if you have all the answers.
  • by Me Location: Here on Apr 4, 2008 at 12:29 PM
    So what's his hurry to leave? The story is so vague it seems cryptic. Rudick didn't treat my family right in a very serious situation. I used to really respect this man. I don't anymore after the way he treated us. He actually worsened the matter. I'll never forget that. I agree with Bob. Good riddance.
  • by Anonymous Location: durant on Apr 4, 2008 at 09:32 AM
    I agree with Rick. The chief was the best thing that has happened to Durant PD in a long time. Something needs to be done with the union and the officers thinking they control things.
  • by bob Location: durant on Apr 4, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    good riddance, maybe now we can get someone who focuses on what he needs to instead of chasing around town.
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