Wayne Police Chief Arrested For Embezzlement To Keep Job For Now

Friday, March 4th 2011, 9:40 pm
By: News 9

Dana Hertneky, News 9

WAYNE, Oklahoma -- The Wayne police chief will keep his job at least for now. After a meeting Friday night council members said it would be unconstitutional to take any action without due process.

Chief Ronald Reagan was arrested Wednesday and is facing three counts of embezzlement. He's accused of taking money that was marked for child abuse victims.

The Wayne City Council held a special meeting to decide the future of Reagan.

"Our hands are tied," said Wayne Mayor Edward Stillwell following the meeting. "We have to follow the law."

But the decision wasn't a popular one among many residents who attended the meeting, especially those who spoke out against Reagan.

"I think anyone who talked about him tonight is in deep trouble," said Artie McMillon.

"I can't believe the council can't take action when they know what's going on," added Chris Brooks.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation had been investigating the police chief for several months before his arrest.

The McClain County District Attorney has not yet filed charges against Reagan.

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