Signatures for criminal case against ex-Owasso city manager Rodney Ray nearly double requirement

TULSA COUNTY, Okla. - Tulsa County Election Board workers will be busy sifting through nearly 10,000 signatures of residents this week requesting the criminal case against Owasso's former city manager be advanced.

A petition calling for a Tulsa County judge to empanel a grand jury against Rodney Ray, 66, was filed in July and needed 5,000 signatures within a 45-day period to trigger judicial action. 

It was turned in to the board at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The petition accuses Ray, who resigned from his post of 23 years in June after he was arrested for allegedly writing a bogus check for $3,000 and filing a false police report, of dozens of criminal and corrupt acts while in office, including destruction of public records, destruction of evidence, bribery, racketeering and election law violations.

SEE THE PETITION (http://bit.ly/12P6hhj) 

The board now has seven days to verify the signatures.

In August, Owasso City Councilor Patrick Ross sued the city for repeated open records violations on the part of Owasso's mayor and his fellow city council members. Ross also accuses the city of unnecessarily providing the embattled city manager with a hefty severance package.

RELATED: 'City Councilor sues own city' (http://bit.ly/15Q85h5)

Ray received $185,073 under his resignation agreement.

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