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October 21, 2008

Commission names Moyer undersheriff

The Grady County Commissioners voted at their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 20 to appoint Deputy Johnnie Moyer as acting undersheriff.

Former undersheriff Larry Crabb was appointed acting sheriff recently after the resignation of Grady County Sheriff Kieran McMullen.

The board also discussed a tort claim by Blanchard resident Tammy Christopher.

According to a letter to Grady County Clerk Sharon Shoemake from the office of attorney James B. Brunson of Oklahoma City, Christopher has filed a $25,000 claim against Grady County, State of Oklahoma and Grady County Deputy Sean Knight for the wrongful shooting of her dog.

The letter says that Knight was on duty serving tax warrants when he pulled onto Christopher’s property to ask directions. When he got out of his vehicle, the dog reportedly approached Knight, who pulled his service weapon and shot the dog in the head.

The letter also says Knight “grossly over reacted and did not attempt to get back in his car or utilize any less than lethal methods,” and that statements provided to Brunson’s office “contain several glaring discrepancies compared to the security video of the shooting. It is clear the Grady County Sheriff’s office is attempting to justify the shooting of the dog.”

The board voted to send the tort claim to the district attorney’s office and to ACCO.

The board also voted to request bids on the sale of one or more used trucks and the purchase of one or more new trucks for districts two and three.

No action was taken on the county’s five year plan for roads and bridges. The item will be placed on next week’s agenda.

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