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Cordell mayor announces resignation

An Oklahoma mayor under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for simultaneously being paid to serve as mayor and general manager of Cordell’s utilities authority has announced he will resign both positions effective April 1.
by Randy Ellis Published: March 26, 2014
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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.

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative 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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