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Fired Durant parks chief files lawsuit


DURANT, Okla. -- There is new chapter in the personnel shakeup at Durant City Hall.

Former Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Keach Ballard says he is filing a lawsuit after being fired by the City Council last week. Ballard says he wants everyone to know what happened behind closed doors.

He and his attorney filed an 11-page suit Monday against the City of Durant, claiming that the Council violated the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act by holding an executive session on September 12 on illegal grounds.

According to the lawsuit, these sessions can only be held for "pending investigations, claim or actions" and not for "possible" claims.

City Manager Tim Rundel said he couldn't comment on pending litigation. He did say city leaders will be holding a special executive session to discuss future steps.

Ballard says in the lawsuit that he doesn't plan to file criminal charges against the city; he just wants all the information at that Sepember meeting to be made public.

The executive session will be held at City Hall Wenesday evening after the City Council's open session.

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