PRYOR, OK —
The governing board of trustees at Locust Grove held a special meeting last Friday morning to address several items, including a vacancy on the board. Trustees also took action on several police department items for Chief Wade Henderson, who indicated his inability to attend the regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Nov. 11. The meeting has since been postponed to Nov. 18, because of Veterans’ Day.
Trustees approved the declaration of a vacancy on the board. The seat was previously filled by Martha Pierce, who was automatically removed by state statute for excessive absences.
Oklahoma Statute 11.O.S. 8-108 states “Whenever a member of the municipal governing body is absent from more than one-half of all meetings of the governing body, regular and special, held within any period of four (4) consecutive months, he shall thereupon cease to hold office.”
According to records, Pierce missed four out of six meetings from July through October.
Declaring the vacancy opens the door for the board to appoint someone to fill the seat until the next election, or pave the way for a special election.
Trustees approved the hire of a full-time and a part-time police officer to fill vacancies in that department.
Steven Rose was hired by the board for the full-time position at a starting wage of $13 per hour. He will be reviewed in 60 days.
Kyle Knott, who was a non-paid reserve officer for the town, was hired to fill the part-time position at a starting wage of $11 per hour. He will also be reviewed in 60 days.
Trustees approved the hire of a new police dispatcher. Krystal Johnson will begin at a wage of $9 per hour and be reviewed in 30 days.
The board voted to approve a pay increase for Timmy Ross, who is a dispatcher for the department. Ross recently received his certification from OLETS (Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecom-munications System). He was given a pay increase to $11.50 per hour.
Finally, trustees approved the purchase of ammunition for the police department at a cost of $899.80. The ammunition will be purchased from Bill’s Sporting Goods and be paid from the Police Equipment and Assets account.
The regular board meeting will be next Monday, Nov. 18, at