Less than a week after one Town Trustee was charged with felonies involving voter fraud, and the accompanying investigation indicates the mayor was complicit in the fraud (she is not charged), the Town Board is calling a Special Meeting and sources say the agenda is to fire the town attorney.
It’s been no secret that some of the Town Trustees have wanted to fire Town Attorney Bryan Drummond from Tulsa. They say he is too expensive. They want an attorney closer to home.
Earlier this month, the Town Clerk resigned because she said she did not have direct access to the attorney.
At a January meeting, Town Trustee Birlene Langley questioned an expense on an invoice from Drummond that involved the debacle of the October 2015 town meeting that resulted in misdemeanor citizen complaints being leveled against Trustee Ron Henry and Langley’s daughter and grandson.
Last week, Henry was charged in Oklahoma County District Court on allegations he participated in voter fraud during his April 2015 election. The investigation also reveals that Mayor Cecilia Taft notarized absentee voter applications, without the voters being in Taft’s presence as required to perform her official duties.
In July 2015, the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office received a call alleging voter fraud in the Luther City Board Trustee election held in April of 2015. The allegation was that Candidate Ronald Henry conspired with members of his family to fraudulently use absentee ballots to gain votes.
Oklahoma County District Attorney’s investigators reviewed absentee ballots and their supporting documents and interviewed many of those absentee voters. Candidate Ronald Henry was interviewed as was Luther Board Trustee Cecilia Taft who notarized many of the absentee ballot affidavits.
In addition, Henry was charged with trespassing and stealing hay from his neighbor (and constituent) as part of a long-running property dispute, according to court documents.
Henry has a court date scheduled for October 4, 2016, to answer to part of the charges. His wife was also charged in the voter fraud matter.
The Special Town meeting will be the third special meeting held by the Town or the Luther Public Works Authority since its last meeting on August 9, 2016. Public notice of Special Meetings must be given 48-hours in advance, with an agenda posted 24-hours in advance.
The Special Meeting, open to the public, will be held Thursday, September 1, at 6 pm at Town Hall on Main Street. The agenda should post before 6 pm on Wednesday. The Luther Register will broadcast it on Periscope.