CHICKASHA — A former city employee here was never charged with a crime even though she admitted last summer to taking more than $8,000 in city money.
City council members last week endorsed City Manager Larry Shelton’s decision to handle the matter internally, even though the move concerned police.
The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police contends the deal for former court clerk Debbie Pool "perpetuates a public perception of corruption.”
"We believe that no individual is above the law, regardless of their employer,” chapter President Scott Weaver wrote in a Jan. 16 letter to the council.
Pool refused to comment Tuesday.
The council sided with Shelton, whom Mayor Greg Elliott said was acting in what he thought was the city’s best interest when he opted to seek restitution from Pool.
"He is very tightfisted when it comes to city finances, and I know that having the opportunity to get the city’s money back would be high on his priority list,” Elliott told The Oklahoman
Pool paid nearly $11,000 in restitution and audit costs after she resigned in June, officials said.
Pool is the third court clerk to be accused of embezzling during Shelton’s 18-year-tenure as city manager, he said.