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Oklahoma County evictions suspended for Christmas, New Year's

Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies will not evict residents from their homes Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, Sheriff John Whetsel said.
by Matt Dinger Published: December 24, 2013
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Oklahoma County residents who face eviction due to overdue rent or mortgage payments will get a break this year — but only for the holiday season.

County Sheriff John Whetsel said deputies will not evict anyone from their homes between Tuesday and Jan. 1.

Whetsel said his office typically performs about 80 evictions a week, mostly for nonpayment of rent and mortgages.

“Many of the evictions that we serve are families that have children,” Whetsel said. “It's hard to explain, especially to a child, why they're being evicted during Christmastime.”

Evictions will resume Jan. 2. Those facing eviction are notified ahead of time, county officials said.

“This may be the only time that we get to give a family a Christmas present, but what a Christmas present it is,” Whetsel said.

Evictions have been suspended each Christmas season since he has been sheriff, Whetsel said.

by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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