Arrest warrant issued for embattled Owasso City Manager Rodney Ray

OWASSO, Okla. - A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Owasso's suspended city manager.

Rodney Ray has been charged with writing a bogus check over $1,000 and false reporting of a crime.

Ray was placed on administrative leave late last month following a complaint from a city employee but no reason was made public.

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According to court documents filed Monday, Ray wrote a check of $3,082.89 to Clear-Tone Hearing Aid Labratories in September 2010. He then wrote a false report to Owasso police indicating he didn't write the check, according to the affidavits.

"I love this community," Ray said after being placed on suspension. "I would never do anything to hurt it and I look forward to this coming about ending in a way that will put me right back where I've been for the last 23, 24 years."

The Owasso Taxpayer Alliance, a group which defines its mission as an effort "to keep the citizens of Owasso area informed on issues taking place within the city of Owasso -- and beyond," along with the organization's president, has been vocal concerning the city manager's financial dealings.

Tensions came to a head in May when two Owasso city councilors voted against plans for several development projects. In an email to 2NEWS, Charlie Brown -- one of the councilors who voted against the proposals -- said he did so out of concern over Ray's relationship has with Owasso Land Trust, which is involved with the projects' developers.

A building that Ray runs a flower shop from is owned by the Owasso Land Trust. According to a letter sent from the property manager to Ray, his business owed $41,755.92 for the months of September 2011 through February 2013. Ray has since said all his financial issues had been solved.

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