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Petition out to Oust Miami Officials

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Citizens in Miami petition to try and remove key city officials from their office. A group of fifteen notarized and signed the petition to send to the Attorney General's Office on August 2nd.

Jay Calan, who spearheaded the petition, says he began questioning certain actions by Miami city officials years ago when he brought up a lawsuit dealing with city road construction contracts in 2011. After that he rallied around one thousand citizens to request a state audit. Upon seeing the results of the audit, he says he now feels the need to contact the Oklahoma State Attorney General to try and boost certain city officials from their positions.

"The city keeps trying to say they did nothing wrong, and the City Attorney keeps trying to say that the city did nothing wrong, well, if you actually read the audit,  they did do things wrong," Calan said.

However, the city says the wrong doing was not of a criminal nature, and that the auditor found no evidence of fraud.

"Same allegations, same concerns, repackaged….there was an irregularity in paperwork, that's it," said David Anderson, Miami's City Attorney.

According to Anderson, Calan could earn millions if the lawsuit he filled in 2011 goes in his favor, leaving him to question the intention behind this most recent petition and subsequent accusations against him and other city officials. Including Miami's Mayor Kent Ketcher, Councilman Rudy Schultz, and Public Works Director David Roundtree.

"I think that the presentation of the issue as if there were somehow deceit involved, is disingenuous and unfair, I think he knows better," Anderson said.  

But Calan says the issue boils down to trust in city officials and doing what is best for Miami. He said questions whether anything would have gotten done if he hadn't pushed for an audit in the first place.

"If we don't have the right leaders in doing the right things in our community, and if they spend our money incorrectly, or inappropriate, then the city will never grow, and it's not going to go the other way," said Calan.

Anderson says he doubts the petition currently on its way to the state's Attorney General Office will likely see an end to his job with the city. Calan says he is confident the attorney will see his concerns and act accordingly.

Find photos of the original petition attached to this story.

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