Former Deputy Settles Claim Against Tulsa County

Friday, August 26th 2016, 10:38 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado says his office has resolved a tort claim filed against the county by former major Shannon Clark.  

Clark worked at the sheriff's office for 15 years. He was the public information officer and oversaw jail operations when he was fired in May of 2015.

Earlier this year, Clark filed paperwork notifying the county of his intent to sue for wrongful termination.

Clark told News On 6 a few months after his termination he believed Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz fired him because Glanz believed he had leaked a 2009 report showing complaints about the training of reserve deputy Bob Bates.

Bates was the reserve deputy who accidentally shot and killed Eric Harris during a gun sting operation in April of 2015. In May of 2016, a judge sentenced Bates to four years in prison after a jury convicted him of manslaughter in the case.

The Bates case eventually led to Glanz's resignation, after a grand jury indicted him for misusing a county vehicle and for not releasing the 2009 report. In July, he pleaded guilty to the vehicle charge and no contest to the charge about the report and a judge gave him a one-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay $7,500 in restitution. Glanz still faces lawsuits filed against him when he was sheriff.

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In a statement released Friday, Regalado said with this settlement, he will forward's Clark's request to the county's commissioners that Clark be awarded his badge, retired law enforcement commission and service weapon.

The sheriff's office refused to release details of the settlement.

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