OSBI, AG execute search warrants at WCSO

Posted at 8:20 PM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 21:20:26-04

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, along with the Attorney General's Office, executed search warrants at the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators were looking into a Grand Jury's criminal probe into the Sheriff and other ranking officials.

As the investigation into Sheriff, Bob Colbert continues, many Wagoner County citizens are on edge, wondering how far this investigation will go. They also wonder if today's visit from OSBI and the AG will lead to Colbert's removal from office.

According to County Commissioner, Chris Edwards, Bob Colbert is still the acting Sheriff, despite his recent indictment.

"We spoke to the DA about that and the way I understand it is, that allows the undersheriff to kind of step into that role," Edwards said.

The undersheriff is Mike Stickelmeyer, who only steps into this role while the sheriff is absent. As of now, there is no word on if, or when, the sheriff plan's to resign after his indictment yesterday on charges of conspiracy, extortion and bribery.

Sources said that's probably because he isn't going to resign, stating last year in a media conference, "I am not resigning. Get your facts straight before you start telling people I am resigning."

Our investigators first uncovered these allegations, however Colbert's attorney said they aren't true. However, Colbert was booked into jail and immediately released.

Now, residents are wondering what's next for the county. If Colbert doesn't resign, commissioners have the power to remove him from office.

"If you ask for that, it has to be within ten days," Edwards said. "If you ask for that, part of that process is you have to bring in a judge from outside the county to hear the case. It would be held in Wagoner County."

If a motion to remove the sheriff passes, commissioners will appoint an interim sheriff to serve until the upcoming election.

Commissioners also said they want to ensure the public that although the sheriff is under investigation, there is still active law enforcement serving the community.

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