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Fired CEO sues Oklahoma City Metro Association of Realtors

Shane T. Johnson, who moved from Iowa to take the top executive job last fall, claims he was fired without cause in violation of a four-year employment contract.
by Richard Mize Modified: April 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm •  Published: April 2, 2013
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Keith Taggart, president of the association, declined to comment and referred questions to the group's attorney, Richard Ogden.

Ogden said the association will ask for the lawsuit to be dismissed.

“The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors ... feels the claims in the lawsuit are without merit and will vigorously defend the matter. Because this is a personnel matter, (the association's) comments should be reserved for the litigation or arbitration as would be appropriate.”

Johnson has worked with Realtors groups for a decade, most recently as CEO of Quad City Area Realtor Association in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Before that, he was CEO of St. Charles, Mo., Association of Realtors near St. Louis. Previously, he was deputy chief of staff for then U.S. Rep. Jim Nussle, R-Iowa.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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