Keeping Secrets: Owasso City Councilor Sues Over Document Release

Aug 8, 2013

A city councilor in Owasso has filed a lawsuit claiming the city violated Oklahoma's open meeting and open records law.

Patrick Ross, member of the Owasso City Council.
Credit City of Owasso

The lawsuit filed by Councilor Patrick Ross claims that an investigative report on former City Manager Rodney Ray was given to councilors during an executive session in June, then collected before the closed-door meeting ended.

Ray was suspended with pay May 24 and the council ordered an investigation to look into an undisclosed employee complaint. He resigned in June and the city council approved a severance package worth more than $185,000.

Ross and others, including the Tulsa World, have requested the investigative report but the city has refused to release it. The city cited a section of the open records law that exempts personnel records from public disclosure.