Seminole County Sheriff Suspended - - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

Seminole County Sheriff Suspended

Posted: Updated:
Seminole Sheriff Joe Craig Seminole Sheriff Joe Craig
Craig can no longer carry a weapon as a peace officer or participate in law enforcement activities. Craig can no longer carry a weapon as a peace officer or participate in law enforcement activities.
Shannon Smith swears in as Interim Sheriff. Shannon Smith swears in as Interim Sheriff.

WEWOKA, Oklahoma -- Seminole County Commissioners appointed a new sheriff Monday after embattled Sheriff Joe Craig's peace officer certification was revoked by a state board.

Craig was served with a one-year suspension of his CLEET license Monday evening. In an emergency meeting, the County Commissioners appointed former undersheriff Shannon Smith as the Interim Sheriff.

The CLEET, or the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, license allows an officer to carry a firearm. The suspension essentially takes away Craig's right to carry a firearm as a peace officer and prohibits Craig from performing any law enforcement duties.

It remains uncertain whether Craig will continue to receive his pay after being served the sentence.

He's already serving his one-year probation sentence after pleading guilty to charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and transporting an open container of liquor.

Seminole County is about 60 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

A teenage girl made allegations involving alcohol and inappropriate sexual contact against the third-term sheriff in August.

Craig denied wrong doing at the time and asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to look into the case.

The sheriff blames his current difficulties on local politics. It's clear he still has lots of support in town.

"I've known Joe for 30 or 40 years, and I think he's always been decent," said Millard Yaught.

Last year, Sheriff Craig was elected to a third term with more than 65 percent of the vote.

He has 10 days to appeal the decision.

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111 is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.