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Lawton city manager resigns

LAWTON, Okla._Lawton no longer has a city manager. 

The City Council met for two and a half hours Wednesday behind closed doors in executive session to discuss Bryan Long's employment. When they emerged, it was revealed that Long had submitted his resignation and the City Council had accepted it. He will receive nine months terminal pay, which is a combination of severance pay and unused paid time off.

Long had been on paid leave since mid-April after Mayor Fred Fitch announced that Long was the focus of an OSBI investigation. An OSBI spokesman said Wednesday they were looking into accusations of a threat made by Long. They turned their findings over to the district attorney, who declined to file charges in the case. Long had served as city manager since February 2013. He previously worked as Lawton's assistant city manager.

The City Council will appoint an interim manager at their next meeting, and will also authorize a search to begin for a permanent replacement. Long declined an offer to comment on his resignation.

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