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Witness in political corruption probe implicates Rep. Randy Terrill

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: June 13, 2010 at 1:12 am •  Published: June 13, 2010
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Asked if wrongdoing had occurred, Jordan said attorneys will have to decide. Jordan told The Oklahoman, "That's not a decision for me to make. I just know there were certain things I wasn't going to do. Were there questionable things? Sure.”

He said he would not discuss specifically what was said at the meetings because Prater has told him he will be a grand jury witness. He also would not say specifically if he was asked to hire Leftwich. "I'm not going there. That's grand jury stuff,” he told The Oklahoman.

Jordan is a former deputy director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He went to work in December as the top administrator for the medical examiner's office. He announced his retirement May 24 and was using up his leave time when he met with Terrill and Leftwich on June 2.

"I was leaving the agency. It wouldn't have been appropriate for me to make an appointment anyway,” he said Friday.

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The meeting June 2 was after legislators passed the changes to the medical examiner's office, including the creation of the transition coordinator. The meeting also was after Leftwich announced she was leaving the Senate and Christian announced he would run for her seat.

Jordan also confirmed Friday that — after the June 2 meeting — he made a call to an assistant attorney general, Sandra Balzer. The assistant attorney general provides legal advice to the medical examiner's board.

In a memo June 4, Balzer responding to Jordan's questions, writing, "at issue” was "whether a current legislator whose term expires in 2010 would be eligible to fill the position” of transition coordinator. The assistant attorney general concluded the legislator could not take the job even if the salary came from the wire transfer fund. Balzer did not name the legislator in the memo.

Leftwich has hired an attorney, Robert McCampbell. The attorney Friday declined to discuss the June 2 meeting. He repeated an earlier statement, saying, "Sen. Leftwich has acted properly in all respects.”

Leftwich on June 4 specifically denied ever asking Jordan for the transition coordinator job. "No, no, heavens no,” she told The Oklahoman.

Terrill could not be reached for comment. Christian abandoned his Senate campaign because of the probe and is running for re-election to the House instead.

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Where numbers came from

Here's how witness Cherokee Ballard said Rep. Randy Terrill came up with how much Sen. Debbe Leftwich would be paid as transition coordinator for the medical examiner's office:

Terrill turned to Ballard, who is an administrator and spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. Terrill asked, "What's your salary?”

She replied, "70,” short for $70,000.

Terrill responded, "Well … she'll be making more than you.”

Terrill then turned to Tom Jordan, the chief administrative officer of the medical examiner's office. He asked Jordan how much Jordan was making.

Jordan responded, "90.”

Terrill then said, "Well, it will be somewhere in between, like 80.”

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