Yukon mayor accuses state representative of harassing her over her mask mandate

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YUKON, Okla. (KFOR) — The mayor of Yukon has filed a police report and sent a letter to House Speaker Charles McCall after she claims State Representative Jay Steagall has been harassing her, unhappy with the city’s mask mandate. 

“It’s been about a month now that he has been contacting me and telling me that what I’m doing is illegal,” Shelli Selby, mayor of Yukon, told News. 

Selby is talking about an argument with State Representative Jay Steagall, (R) District 43, that she said has gone too far. 

It started after Selby signed a proclamation, mandating masks in city buildings and requiring them for restaurant employees. 

“I did what I felt was in the best interest of my people to keep us safe,” she said. 

On Thursday, Selby sent a seven-page letter to House Speaker Charles McCall, Governor Stitt and several other leaders at the state capitol to complain about alleged harassment Steagall. 

In the letter, Selby wrote, “Since my signed proclamation, Representative Steagall has harassed, ridiculed, demeaned and threatened me.” 

She later wrote, “He alluded people wanted to “take me down.”‘

“My immediate response was to go to my legal advisor and say if I am doing something illegal, please let’s stop. I was given the legal advice that we are not,”​ Selby said. 

She said Steagall refused to accept that. 

“In fact today, I got a message from a friend, would I please meet with him again,” Selby said. 

She ended up deciding to file a police report against Steagall for harassment. 

“What really went overboard with me was when he started going to local restaurants and telling them that they did not have to obey my mandate, that it was illegal,” Selby said. 

On Monday, Steagall sent News 4 this statement: 

“One of my primary duties as an elected State Representative is to represent my constituents – and that includes taking concerns from multiple citizens that I serve directly to the official that enacted the policy that is causing concerns. I can assure you that in my over 22 years of military service, 9 combat deployments and achievement of the rank of Major, I have navigated very difficult conversations and policy decisions in appropriate manners. The Mayor and I are both responsible to constituents and we must answer to them. I went to her with findings from legal opinions on the issue. Due to that, I did not comment on the letter as I did not seek to rachet up a simple policy discussion. I did not approach the mayor in any other way than to seek answers and address concerns of those who we serve, and would welcome further discussion to find the constitutional solution that would serve our constituents appropriately and our state lawfully.”

Since OKC is also in Steagall’s district, News 4 asked him why he did not contact Mayor David Holt with concern about OKC’s mandate. 

Steagall said his concern is not about the actual mandate, but the fact that it was not voted on by the council. 

Selby told News 4 the council did a poll and the mandate was favored 3-2. 

“I did not do this to embarrass Rep Steagall. I did it because I wanted to be able to govern my people locally,” Selby said. 

News 4 contacted McCall’s office and they have no comment at this time. 

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