After first winning an election in 2006, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn put his political consultant on the district attorney’s payroll at $500 a month.
At the time of the hiring, the new prosecutor still owed the consultant’s company a $10,000 bonus for the successful campaign, records show.
Mashburn also gave the consultant, Chad David Alexander, a badge.
The questionable arrangement has surfaced because Alexander still had the badge on him when he was arrested May 13 in Oklahoma City on drug complaints, court records show.
Alexander — known as an influential consultant and prominent lobbyist — was charged Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court.
He faces two felony counts of drug possession and a misdemeanor count of obstructing a police officer in the performance of his official duty.
Alexander is accused in the felony counts of illegally possessing cocaine and illegally possessing prescription pain pills.
He is accused in the misdemeanor count of telling police officer Daniel Kleehammer he was an assistant district attorney.
“Alexander purposely identified himself as a district attorney in an attempt to thwart police officers ... (from) further investigating his illegal drug possession,” Oklahoma City police Inspector Tobias Frederick wrote in a court affidavit.
The badge actually identified Alexander as a public information officer, the police inspector wrote.
“Alexander had an ID with this badge that was issued to him by the Cleveland County District Attorney on” Jan. 1, 2007, the police inspector wrote. “Alexander stated that he was a speech writer for the Cleveland County District Attorney.”
Mashburn, who is running for re-election this year, acknowledged he gave Alexander a badge when he hired the consultant as a part-time public information officer in 2007.
“It was clearly marked PIO — public information officer. It didn’t say, ‘law enforcement officer.’ It didn’t say, ‘assistant district attorney,’” he said.
Mashburn also acknowledged he did not take back the badge when Alexander stopped working for him in 2008. “Once I got where I could handle it on my own, we split ways,” the prosecutor said.
Alexander made $10,500 total as the district attorney’s public information officer, state payroll records show. The district attorney insisted Thursday he did not hire Alexander in January 2007 as the public information officer because of the still-owed $10,000 campaign consulting expense.
AT A GLANCE
State payroll records show Chad D. Alexander was paid $500 a month 13 times after being hired in January 2007 as the Cleveland County district attorney’s public information officer. The lobbyist was not on the DA payroll for most of the time the Legislature was in regular session in 2008. After the legislative session ended, he was paid $1,000 a month four times for being the DA PIO. The last payment was on Sept. 30, 2008.