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Sheriff Bill Lancaster spoke with KFOR in November 2015

HOBART, Okla. – An Oklahoma sheriff has resigned following a state investigation.

Kiowa County Sheriff Bill Lancaster resigned this week following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation that revealed he used an unauthorized county-owned vehicle for a personal trip out of state.

According to KSWO, Lancaster’s resignation follows a deferred prosecution agreement with the district attorney that will allow him to avoid jail time.

County commissioners are expected to announce an interim sheriff Thursday.

Bill Lancaster, Kiowa County Sheriff's Office

Bill Lancaster, Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office

Lancaster released the following statement following news of his resignation:

Citizens of Kiowa County I wanted to take this opportunity to inform you that effective June 2nd , 2016 I will be resigning my position as Sheriff. This decision was based on consultation with my attorney and out of consideration for the best interest of my family.

I would like to thank all of the citizens of Kiowa County for the opportunity I was given to serve you. I truly enjoyed my time as your Sheriff. I have had many memorable experiences that I will treasure for a lifetime. Once again I would like to express my sincere appreciation to you the citizens for your support.

Bill Lancaster