Termination hearing set ex-campus police chief

Mike Dods

ENID, Okla. — A Tuesday special meeting of the Enid Public Schools Board of Education will determine the fate of Mike Dods, the former Enid High School campus police chief.

The special meeting is set for 4 p.m. at the Administrative Services Center, 500 S. Independence Ave.

The meeting first agenda item is discussion then possible action to vote to hire and approve a contract with Mark Rains of the Cheek Law Firm to advise the board during this hearing.

The next item on the agenda is for discussion then possible action to hold a due process hearing for Dods regarding his possible termination.

The hearing will include opening statements by the attorney for Superintendent Darrell Floyd and the attorney for Dods, or Dods himself. Both sides will present evidence, subject to cross examination by the other, and questions from the board.

The agenda includes presentation of rebuttal and surrebuttal evidence, as necessary, as well as closing statements from both sides.

The board will then vote to go into executive session to discuss and deliberate the termination or not of Dods.

Following its return to open session, the board will make a statement of executive session minutes, have discussion then possible action to adopt Findings of Fact and vote to terminate or not terminate Dods.

There is no item listed for public comment at the special meeting.

An Oklahoma Education Association claim sent to Enid Public Schools in October, after first being released on social media, alleges district and school administrators "directed Officer Dods to hide acts of violent student conduct and student threats on multiple occasions."

Administrators attempted to coerce Dods by making threats and taking punitive actions against him, the OEA states in the claim.

The Notice of Claim and Request for Hearing named Floyd, Assistant Superintendents Doug Stafford and Randy Rader and EHS Principal Dudley Darrow.

Several alleged incidents involving students, administrators and Dods are recounted in the OEA document, spanning from May to as recently as Oct. 19.

Among the multiple claims leveled against EPS administration are demotion without due process, termination in retaliation for reporting violent student conduct and damages to reputation.

It appeared in early November that Dods and EPS reached an agreement, allowing Dods to remain a campus police officer. However, the EPS board voted unanimously to reject the agreement.

The board said it rejected the agreement, in part, to ensure a public hearing regarding Dods' employment, and the Oklahoma Education Association allegations, would be held.

"EPS wants to publicly tell our side of the story. Because it is a personnel issue, we are unable to discuss the details," the district said in a Nov. 14 statement.

In a public hearing, however, much more information is expected to come to light.

"The district looks forward to telling its side of the story and correcting the misinformation that has been released publicly," the district said.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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