Oklahoma appeals court upholds firing of Del City Clerk officials

The terminations of two Del City officials who allowed piles of cash to stack up around the city clerk’s office were upheld Wednesday by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.
By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer Modified: August 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014
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The terminations of two Del City officials who allowed piles of cash to stack up around the clerk’s office were upheld Wednesday by the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals.

The city manager acted within the law when he fired former City Treasurer Renae Malloy and former Deputy City Clerk Tammy Rice in January 2011 for allowing large piles of cash and checks totaling $27,299 to stack up for about six weeks, the appellate court ruled.

“These piles were described as cash in piles with rubber bands around them and notes paperclipped to the money,” the court said. “The city clerk, Carol Noble, testified she spent about 10 hours determining where the cash came from and what it applied to.”

State law and city policy required daily deposits.

“Employees complained of being assigned too much work and they needed more overtime or more help that they were not getting,” the judges noted.

The fired officials also contended their terminations were “for political or other reasons, they were set up to fail and that there had been another time when as much as $100,000 was allowed to accumulate with no daily deposits, all due to a computer crash, and no disciplinary action followed.”

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