Not all Oklahoma Highway Patrol travel costs are released

Officials refused to release detailed receipts for lodging, meals and other expenses incurred for the highway patrol security detail that travels with the governor.
Oklahoman Published: October 15, 2012
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Some security costs associated with the governor's travel can't be scrutinized.

Department of Public Safety officials refused to release detailed receipts for lodging, meals and other expenses incurred for the highway patrol security detail that travels with her on most trips. They also declined to provide the payroll costs or compensatory time earned by members of her detail. Doing so might enable someone to detect the number of security people assigned on any given trip and put the governor in jeopardy, a department spokesman said.


“We have a duty to avoid compromising the governor's security detail by not making public certain costs associated with security staffing,''

Lt. George W. Brown said.

Disclosure of such information proved an embarrassment for the department in the past.

In 2005, an Oklahoman investigation found the troopers assigned to executive security ate $100 dinners at high-end steakhouses, charged thousands of dollars worth of “travel-related” meals at restaurants within a few miles of the Capitol and submitted receipts that lacked details the law required.

PHILLIP O'CONNOR

Staff Writer

by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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