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Muskogee County town at odds over current police chief, some asking for his resignation

Posted at 10:57 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 09:51:15-04

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. - A town in Muskogee County is at odds after several people called on the city council to have the police chief at Webbers Falls removed from office.

Several gathered Tuesday at the monthly meeting to speak out about the current Police Chief Larry Ruiz.   

According to published reports and court documents, Ruiz was first fired as a detention officer in Crawford County Arkansas. He was also dismissed in Moffett, Oklahoma in 2007. He was most recently fired from the town of Vian in 2014.

Webbers Falls hired Ruiz as an officer in 2014, eventually he worked his way up to police chief.

A few people at Tuesday's meeting claimed Ruiz has harassed them. They're asking the council to demand his resignation.

Ruiz wouldn't talk, but the mayor stands by his chief. A few citizens asked the council to put an item on next month's agenda regarding the police force and its chief.

“No, that's not going to happen, I mean they can get on the agenda, we allow anyone on the agenda that wants to be on. But as far would I consider asking Chief Ruiz to resign -- not at all," said Mayor Bob Ross.

The council advised concerned citizens to contact the city clerk to put an item concerning the police force and its chief on the agenda for next month’s meeting.

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