Oklahoma County Clerk Carolynn Caudill issued an open letter Tuesday to residents, saying she offered “no excuses” for an incident last week that led to a drunken driving complaint against her. The letter was distributed late Tuesday afternoon to media outlets in the metro area. Here’s the text:
To the wonderful people of Oklahoma County,
I have been very humbled this past week for the many of you that have reached out to me to share your support and encouragement as I am facing a very difficult time in my life.
I have and will always continue to be honored to serve as your Oklahoma County Clerk. I accept that certain life events deserve the public’s scrutiny and do have personal consequences. I understand that my personal choices affect me, my family, those closest to me and the wonderful people of Oklahoma County.
My wonderful and loving parents always taught me that mistakes are for learning. This one will certainly be my greatest learning lesson of all.
I made a very big mistake acting completely out of character. Now I must learn from it and make sure it never happens again. I promise you it will not.
I offer no excuses. The events of last Tuesday are mine to own, mine to make right, mine to never repeat. Each and every day I will stay committed to moving forward to keep my promise that this will never happen again. Faith is very important to me and I will continue to lean on that faith to get through these difficult times.
My family, friends and colleagues have shown unconditional love and unwavering support for me. Looking at the path ahead, I am honored they will be by my side as I move forward making the right life choices.
I can and will make the right life choices. I will not jeopardize the high honor of public service you have entrusted in me. I am committed to continue working without distraction and in your best interest.
Thank you for the chance to share my feelings with you. I want you to know that serving you is both an honor and a privilege. I am back at work and will continue to work hard every day to safeguard your interest and remain worthy of your confidence. This has not and will not change.
And I wish you all the best, may you have peace and strength in your own lives.
Your Oklahoma County Clerk