ENID, Okla. — Former Enid mayor and Citizen of the Year Ernie Currier has resigned his position as senior vice president of commercial lending at Security National Bank amid a police investigation.

"Ernie Currier is no longer with Security National Bank," said April Danahy, vice president of human resources and corporate communications. "He resigned his position Tuesday, Sept. 5."

Danahy confirmed the bank was working with law enforcement officials in their investigation of Currier.

"We began our investigation immediately along with law enforcement officials. We appreciate the assistance we’re receiving from these officials and are committed to helping them in every way possible," she said. "No customer accounts have been compromised. Our bank is on solid financial ground. We are taking every measure to protect ourselves just as we have protected our customers.

"We take great pride in the reputation we have earned in our 112 years of business in Enid. We appreciate the loyalty and confidence our customers have placed in us," Danahy said. "Our commitment to our customers, community and employees remain as a strong, safe leader and community partner, but we are deeply disheartened."

Currier could not be reached Thursday for comment. Calls to his cellphone went to voicemail. Online court records did not show any charges filed against Currier as of Thursday evening.

Enid Police Department Chief Brian O'Rourke said Thursday the department had no comment on its ongoing investigation.

On Thursday, an official confirmed Currier has not resigned his position with the Enid Public Schools Board of Education, where he also served as past president.

"Enid Public Schools is aware of the allegations involving Ernie Currier. Although the matter is still under investigation, we know the concerns are not related to school business or his service as a Board of Education member," said Executive Director of Human Resources and Communications Amber Graham Fitzgerald. "Under the circumstances, it would be inappropriate for the district to discuss the situation further, and we are referring all additional questions to Mr. Currier.

"At this time, the district has not received a board resignation."

Currier, who was a 2014 Pillar of the Plains honoree, was named Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2016.

Currier is a Vance Air Force Base Partner in the Sky and Vance Development Authority member. He also serves on Leadership Greater Enid Board. Currier volunteered his time and was instrumental in getting more than $90 million in bonds passed for EPS in February 2016 and garnering voter approval for the Kaw Lake pipeline to secure Enid’s future water needs.

Currier, who was born in Buffalo, Okla., moved to Enid in 1971 after graduating from high school. The family moved here because Currier’s father, who was disabled, required medical care, he told the Enid News & Eagle in 2014. He was mayor during the last Base Realignment and Closure round in 2005, when Vance gained personnel.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. He can be reached at crains@enidnews.com.


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