Owasso city council accepts resignation of City Manager Rodney Ray, set to take away $185,000

OWASSO, Okla. - Owasso's suspended city manager accused of writing a bogus check and filing a false police report in 2010 will be walking away from the position with more than $180,000 in his pocket, city councilors voted Tuesday.

City councilors voted 4-1 to approve the resignation of City Manager Rodney Ray during a 6 p.m. special meeting, with City Councilor Patrick Ross being the lone hold out.

Ray, who turned himself over to police earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued, will receive $185, 073 as a result of the agreement -- $160,073 of which he will be awarded July 1.

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As part of the deal, neither Ray nor any city official can make disparaging remarks concerning the other party. Ray's personnel file will also identify his departure as "a voluntary resignation only."

Ray, 66, had been Owasso's city manager for 23 years, with his last stint beginning in 2002.

Acting city manager Warren Lehr was also appointed to replace Ray on an interim basis Tuesday.

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