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Sheriff candidate responds to allegations

Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 07:35:15-04

Wagoner County's former chief deputy took to social media to fight back after a 2 Works for You investigation.

Shannon Clark called our story an "unsubstantiated attack."

After one declined interview Wednesday, and no returned calls on Thursday, 2 Works for You Investigators found Clark at a sheriff candidate fundraising event in Okay. Clark was asked why some say his sudden resignation wasn't a choice.

Clark's resignation doesn't sit well with county commissioners, who were in the midst of an investigation when Clark left without giving notice.

Multiple employees say they believe Interim Sheriff, Dan David, gave Clark an ultimatum, resign and walk away, or have a second termination show up on his work record.

An employee with the county said, "He was told to resign because of the intimidation and threats."
 
However, Clark states, "I've not been afforded with any complaints." He also said there has never been a hostile work environment at the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office.

At least two employees said they complained to Interim Sheriff, Dan David, about Clark's bullying and intimidation. One finally recorded a conversation. In that conversation, the employee claims Clark belittled him for more than an hour.
 
And that recording made its way to county commissioners. A day later, Clark resigned, stating he was focusing 100 percent of his efforts on running for Sheriff.
 
When asked if it was a coincident that the audio files were given to commissioners a day before his resignation, Clark said, "I'm telling you there was no correlation in whatever took place."

Clark is also facing a federal lawsuit filed after he was terminated in Tulsa County. Again, he was accused of bullying, harassment and retaliation. 

"That's all subjective and I'll tell you right now I've never been accused of anything in Wagoner County," Clark said.

County commissioners say they're investigating and not taking Clark's resignation lightly.

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