Maud police force reinstated after dispute with mayor

Maud police force reinstated after dispute with mayor

MAUD, OK (KSWO)- After a special city council meeting last night, the city of Maud has a police force once again.

A heated discussion between the mayor and the police chief led to a dispute in which the chief turned in her resignation. She says she turned in her resignation because the mayor asked her to do something she felt was unethical.

"Basically, I was asking her about what they call a fix-it ticket. And she said it was illegal and I said, 'Well, I want it done anyway.' Nobody could show me a law that says I can't do it," said Mayor Larry Ham.

A "fix-it ticket" gives the violator the opportunity to fix the offending issue.

"To my knowledge in Oklahoma, no highway patrol or otherwise has done it or has not done it in years at least… But it was many other things also that transpired during that conversation," said Maud Police Chief Patricia Bateman.

After the council returned from executive session, they vowed to try and resolve the issues. The city council voted not to accept Bateman's resignation. The chief, assistant chief, and 14 reserve officers have since returned to work.

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