Ethics complaint accuses Oklahoma police chief of threatening top officers

Chief Bill Citty addresses the city council

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City’s auditor is investigating an ethics complaint accusing the police chief of retaliating against four deputy chiefs for seeking overtime pay.

The complaint against Police Chief Bill Citty alleges he confronted his deputies in March about the possibility of a grievance being filed and suggested there could be retaliation. It also alleges Citty confronted them again last month after an arbitration hearing over their complaint.

The city denied the grievance in April, ruling deputy chiefs have been paid on a salary basis for more than 30 years. The arbitrator’s ruling is expected early next year.

John George, president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police, told News 4 that Citty should be suspended amid the allegations.

“That four deputy chiefs that have to work with him closely pretty much run the department, all aspects of it. That relationship up there is so toxic now and they can’t work together, how is that going to affect every man and woman that works in this department?” George said. “The citizens should be concerned about that.”

Citty said he welcomes an investigation but declined to discuss the allegations.

A veteran police officer was awarded damages in January in a federal retaliation lawsuit against the police chief and Oklahoma City.