ENID, Okla. — A Kay County investigator is coming to Enid High School on Monday to interview staff members about allegations leveled against administrators by the Oklahoma Education Association and former Enid Public Schools campus police chief Mike Dods, according to Heath Merchen, the attorney representing Dods.

The investigator's visit comes just a day before Mike Dods' Dec. 10 public termination hearing. His hearing begins at 4 p.m. at the Administrative Services Center, 500 S Independence Ave., at which Enid Board of Education members will decide if he is reinstated on the force or fired from the district.

EPS' attorney Bryan Drummond confirmed an investigator would be at the high school Monday as part of an investigation requested by Merchen.

"The district has been cooperating fully and will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation," an EPS representative said.

Kay County District Attorney's office is pursuing the investigation because Garfield County DA Mike Fields' wife works for Enid Public Schools, Merchen said. Due to the relationship, Fields has recused himself from the investigation, and the Attorney General's office has appointed Kay County to the task, Merchen said in an email sent Saturday morning.

Later in the email, Merchen also said at the beginning of the investigation, "Officer Dods also received a letter from the police department stating they didn't want to compromise their relationship with the school district suggesting he should go to the OSBI."

Recalling the exchange, Enid Police Chief Brian O'Rourke said he decided if an investigation were to be conducted, it would be more appropriate for an outside entity to handle it.

"It had to do with an issue he was raising with the school, and he wanted us to investigate, and I suggested, considering that we have a very good relationship with Enid Public Schools, that he go to an independent council," O'Rourke said, adding it's not unusual to reach out to the OSBI in such situations.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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