OSBI Director resigns after internal investigation
Team Radio Marketing Group and The Oklahoman - February 10, 2018 11:20 am
(Information from: The Oklahoman, http://newsok.com/)
The Oklahoman reports that the director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is resigning following the completion of an internal investigation into employee complaints about his leadership.
Stan Florence, 57, submitted a resignation letter Friday, sources told The Oklahoman.
Florence went to work at the OSBI as a special agent in 2003 after serving as Grady County sheriff for nine years. He was appointed director in November of 2010.
The OSBI commission must accept the resignation letter for it to become effective. The commission next meets on February 20th.
More than 40 OSBI employees complained a year ago to the commission that Florence was “ineffective” as a leader and that morale was on the decline.
“Director Florence’s lack of vision and inability to inspire the workforce has been his greatest downfall,” the group wrote in a letter on January 30th. “The citizens of Oklahoma deserve more from the leader of the top Oklahoma law enforcement agency than one who repeatedly devalues, berates and ridicules its employees.”
The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office handled the internal investigation into the employee complaints. The OSBI commission asked the AG’s office for assistance last summer because the OSBI’s general counsel had a conflict of interest.
The commission’s chairman, District Attorney Mike Boring, would not confirm that Florence is resigning, but he did confirm that the internal investigation is complete.
Boring, the district attorney for Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, and Harper counties, stressed that the investigation was not criminal in nature.