Oklahoma City’s Chief of Police is accused of threatening ranking officers for seeking overtime pay, resulting in a vicious ethics complaint filed by four of the officers.
Deputy chiefs Jeff Becker, Wade Gourley, Tom Jester and Brian Jennings claimed that they were harassed by OCPD Chief Bill Citty, filing a document late last month that has only recently become public.
“We were threatened and an attempt made to intimidate us just for the exercise of those rights,” the complaint states.
Citty reportedly threatened the top-level officers for requesting compensation for unpaid overtime.
The city could potentially face disciplinary action due to Citty’s actions, according to NewsOK, and Chief Citty welcomes a formal investigation.
“There’s a lot I would like to say but I’m not going to,” Citty said Friday. “I want the investigation to take place. I’m ready to be interviewed and have some disposition made on it. I want that. But I’m not going to talk about it- through the media. That’s not the right place for it.”
If found to have behaved inappropriately, Citty could face serious disciplinary action, to include termination, ending his 15-year tenure as chief and cutting his nearly $190,000 annual salary.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123 President John George referred to morale situation within the department as “a cancer,” and noted that any other officer would have faced more severe treatment had such allegations been levied against them.
Previously, Chief Citty was accused of retaliatory behavior before, in a lawsuit that ended in January to the tune of $210,000 in compensation to a scorned police lieutenant.
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