BLANCHARD, Okla. – A lawsuit has come to the surface in Blanchard and it’s causing concern among voters just one day after the city council election.
Turns out, one new member is suing the city for a wrongful arrest.
Voters elected Yvonne Lackey as council member for Ward Four Tuesday.
However, two years ago, it was a different story.
Lackey ran, lost and police sais they arrested her.
Now, she is suing the city for that arrest.
As for her critics, they said they see the lawsuit as conflicting because she represents the city in the council chambers and will face that same city in the courtroom.
“I think that could be a conflict of interest,” Victoria Clary said.
“I really don’t think she should have ran for office at all,” Heidi Herberger said.
According to court documents, police arrested Lackey at City Hall.
Officers said she carried a gun inside the building, and that’s not allowed.
However, the papers said that’s not true.
Lackey said her gun was in her car out in the parking lot and she was wrongfully arrested.
A court agreement ended in the charges being taken off her record but the lawsuit said she wants at least $10,000 for the damage she suffered.
If attorneys on both sides settle this case for a certain amount, the city council members will vote on that.
“As far as council members working together, that could be tough,” Clary said.
City Manager Robert Floyd said the conflict of interest will be solved.
“If there is an issue that comes up in executive session to discuss the law suit, she couldn’t be a part of it because she’s the other party,” Floyd said.
That does give comfort to some.
“It makes a lot of sense they would exclude her from that vote,” Clary said. “Makes it a lot more fair.”
Lackey takes office on April 15.
She nor her attorney would comment on the law suit or the public’s concerns.