Not long after charges were filed against State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and four others, the Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administration held a special meeting to discuss the resignation of its executive director.
The CCOSA reported on Wednesday that it accepted the resignation of Executive Director Ryan Owens who was reportedly named in an affidavit relating to the allegations of campaign fundraising violations and conspiracy.
According to the affidavit, the allegations surround an investigation opened in 2014 by the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office.
The investigation was looking for evidence an alleged conspiracy to commit campaign contributions and violations and illegal coordination by members of the Oklahomans for Public Schools Excellence, Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) and Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) with Hofmeister.
Owens was reportedly mentioned in the investigation, named as CCOSA's general counsel at the time.
CCOSA says after accepting Owen’s resignation, the Executive Committee unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Pam Deering, CCOSA Associate Director and OASA Executive Director, as Interim Executive Director of CCOSA.