Cimarron County commissioner admits taking gasoline

Cimarron County Commissioner Tommy Grazier admits taking gasoline from the Oklahoma county for his personal vehicle and is now under investigation for possible embezzlement.
by Randy Ellis Published: July 26, 2014
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KEYES — A Cimarron County commissioner who admits to taking gasoline from the county for his personal vehicle is under investigation for possible embezzlement.

“I made a mistake. I thought I was doing what was right, but it wasn’t, so I’ve had to face the consequences and go on,” District 3 Commissioner Tommy Grazier told The Oklahoman on Friday.

Grazier, 50, of Keyes, said he frequently uses his personal vehicle for county business and filled up his vehicle at the county barn on multiple occasions rather than filing forms to obtain reimbursement for his travels.

Grazier said he thought his actions were cheaper for the county.

“I just go to a lot of meetings. I forget to write down my mileage. It’s just one of those things,” he said.

“Instead of getting a $120 gas check from the county, why not just get $20 worth of gas?” Grazier said. “I actually thought it was cheaper. But, you know, everybody who does wrong has an excuse.

“I’m willing to take my lumps,” he said. “I made an honest mistake.”

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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