BY RANDY ELLIS •
Modified: March 29, 2010 at 4:17 am •
Published: March 29, 2010
/articleid/3449872/1/pictures/895563"> Fairview Police Chief Robert Banks, center, is under investigation by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education Training. He is pictured here with Jason Caywood, Major County undersheriff, and Chris Hoffman, Fairview assistant police chief, during a demonstration at Fairview High School. Photo provided
Those were found to be not substantiated at all by the assistant chief.”
There were other incidents, as well.
The Enid Police Department suspended Banks for 10 days without pay in 1999 after finding he had "violated the City of Enid Sexual Harassment Policy and various other rules, regulations and policies of the Enid Police Department,” according to documents obtained from the city.
The 1999 complaint was filed by an employee of the Enid Police Department. Details of the harassment that occurred were not disclosed in the disciplinary letter.
In May 2004, Banks was placed on administrative leave with pay by the Enid police chief for another incident. The chief informed Banks other Enid police officers and employees had complained Banks had implied he would harm himself "and possibly others within the department,” documents reveal.
Before the federal sexual harassment case against Banks was settled, opposing attorney Jerry Kirksey of Edmond filed a witness list with the court that identified 30 individuals — including several current and former Enid police officers — who were expected to testify against him.
In addition to the Walmart and threat incidents, witnesses were expected to testify about an investigation into pat-down searches of female prisoners by Banks, violations of the department’s sexual harassment policy by him, Banks purportedly asking a dispatcher to pose for pornographic photos with her two daughters (one of whom was high school age) and Banks’ alleged lack of truthfulness during the course of investigations and purported lies about being a Navy Seal, court documents reveal.
Banks would not say whether he had ever been a Navy Seal or claimed to have been one.
On his application for employment with the city of Enid, Banks said he was administratively discharged after serving 4 ½ years in the "U.S. Navy Reserves Seabees” where he performed duties as a "utilitiesman involving repair and maintenance of electrical systems along with heat and air.”
"I’m not going to comment on anything else,” his attorney said, when asked about the CLEET investigation.
Attorneys for Baker, the former Fairview dispatcher, and Banks declined to release the amount of the federal lawsuit settlement, citing the confidentiality agreement. However, in response to an Oklahoma Open Records Act request, an official with the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group released the settlement amount of $40,000. The Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group is a group risk pool that has Fairview as one of its participants.
Sides, the Fairview city manager, called the current and past allegations "a personnel issue” that he was not prepared to discuss.
"For every claim there is an answer,” he said.
Sides thinks Banks can be trusted as police chief.
"Absolutely, there is no doubt in my mind,” Sides said. "He has the full support of everybody with the city.”