CORDELL — An Oklahoma mayor under investigation for simultaneously being paid to serve as mayor of New Cordell and general manager of that city’s utilities authority has announced he will resign both positions effective April 1.
“I have submitted my resignation from both of those positions,” Mayor Alex Damon, 54, said Wednesday.
New Cordell, commonly called Cordell, is a small Washita County city of about 3,000 residents.
Damon said he resigned because he has been offered a new position with a state agency that will involve working in “community development over a fairly large region of our state.”
Damon said agency officials have asked him not to reveal his new employer until they have the opportunity to discuss his hiring with their executive board.
Washita County District Attorney Dennis Smith requested an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation probe into Damon’s dual work arrangement after it was questioned by the state auditor in an audit released more than a year ago.
Smith could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but said previously that he had seen differing legal opinions about the propriety of Damon’s work arrangement.
Damon said his attorney has been in discussions with Smith about an agreement to avoid prosecution.
“My attorney informed me that we pretty much just got that taken care of,” Damon said. “There didn’t seem to be any major issues that needed to really be addressed. I don’t believe there’s any final report or decision from the DA as of yet, but there didn’t seem to be anything that was going to be cause for concern.”
Damon said as of Wednesday, he had not signed any agreement with the district attorney, but said it’s possible such an agreement could be signed in the future.
“I would have to wait until I hear from my attorney,” he said.
Damon’s attorney was unavailable for comment.