Grand jury investigation petition filed against ex-Owasso city manager Rodney Ray

OWASSO, Okla. - A long-running controversy surrounding Owasso's former city manager has taken another turn.

A petition for grand jury injunction into the alleged criminal activity of Rodney Ray was filed in Tulsa County District Court Thursday.

The petition accuses the 66-year-old of dozens of criminal and corrupt acts while in the role of city manager, including destruction of public records, destruction of evidence, bribery, racketeering and election law violations. The majority of the allegations refer to Ray's relationship with The First Bank of Owasso and the Owasso Land Trust.


Ray, who served as Owasso's city manager for 23 years, resigned in June after being arrested for allegedly writing a bogus check of more than $3,000 in 2010 and filing a false police report.

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Under the resignation agreement, Ray received $185,073, more than $160,000 of which he was given July 1. Ray's personnel file was also closed following his departure.

A Tulsa County judge has 30 days to impanel a grand jury.

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