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Oklahoma grand jury calls for removal of Greer County court clerk

Oklahoma’s grand jury has accused Greer County Court Clerk Sandy Hopingardner of willful neglect of duty. They are asking that Hopingardner be removed from office.
by Nolan Clay Modified: July 24, 2014 at 9:01 pm •  Published: July 24, 2014

The state’s grand jury is asking that Greer County Court Clerk Sandy K. Hopingardner be removed from office.

Grand jurors alleged Thursday she willfully neglected her official duties since becoming court clerk in the small southwestern county on Jan. 2, 2009.

Accusations against her led only to the grand jury’s request for her removal. She is not facing any criminal charges.

Hopingardner, D-Mangum, is accused of failing to pay $86,000 in bills, failing to keep track of finances, going over budget multiple times without approval and failing to submit required reports to the state and county.

She also is accused of failing to give the district attorney, the law library, the attorney general’s office and others their shares of fines and fees collected by her office.

Hopingardner, 56, testified before the multicounty grand jury, which meets in Oklahoma City three days a month.

She declined to comment to The Oklahoman because of grand jury secrecy rules.

Asked if she had done anything wrong, she said, “I don’t think I can answer any question. I was told I can’t talk about it at all.”

A six-member jury will decide if she should be removed, if she fights the grand jury’s request. Assistants to Attorney General Scott Pruitt intend to ask a Greer County judge on Monday to immediately suspend her, pending that trial.

by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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