Owasso City Council officials made the choice to accept a resignation agreement with their now former city manager Tuesday evening.
Rodney Ray's resignation will be go into effect on July 1 and is to cost $185,073. That breaks down as $60,073 of severance money, $100,000 as of July 1 from his accrued deferred compensation account and another $25,000 of deferred compensation as of Dec. 31, 2013.
KTUL's community newspaper partner the Owasso Reporter described that Councilor Patrick Ross cast the lone “no” vote.
The council also voted 5-0 to appoint Warren Lehr to serve as interim city manager. Ross made the motion for that appointment and complimented Lehr as having been “very courteous, informative and helpful” toward him.
The council vote to accept the Ray resignation deal followed more than 50 minutes of closed-door, executive session discussion. The council has spent more than five hours in the past week in executive sessions related to Ray’s status.
The council placed Ray on administrative leave May 24 and authorized an investigation of an internal complaint made against the longtime city manager. Ray, 66, has served more than two decades as Owasso’s chief executive. In remarks to reporters after being placed on leave, he said that he had confidence in the high quality of the service he had rendered to the city and indicated he looked forward to being cleared and returning to work.
Read more about the case over the the Owasso Reporter's website. Burt Mummolo will have more live in Owasso this evening.
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