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June 21, 2013

Marlow City Council terminates Cain from administrator role

MARLOW —

During a special meeting Wednesday night, the Marlow City Council, in a 3-2 vote, chose to terminate the contract of City Administrator Janice Cain.
Those who voted to terminate Cain’s contract were Mayor Bob Hill, who called the for the special meeting, and councilmen Don Ridley and Daniel Ross. Councilmen Wes Walker and Mickey Hoy voted to keep Cain as the Marlow city administrator.
“Although they didn’t give me a reason, I knew with Mr. Hill coming in as mayor, it would come up,” Cain said. “I had terminated him as police chief because of things happening at the time.”
Cain was referring to an investigation that had originally been initiated based on complaints during former Stephens County District Attorney Bret Burns, dating back to October 2009. A drug case had to be tossed out of district court, based on inconsistencies in testimony from two Marlow police officers and the chief, who was Hill at that time. In April 2010, The Banner reported on the three officer’s termination, a decision that came after a lengthy investigation urged by Cain and the City of Marlow, and conducted by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Hill had been on administrative leave with pay for just over three months, according to Banner records. A multi-county grand jury in May 2010, also was the result, but Hill was not named in that. Only one officer was named, Rodney Richards. 
Cain said she has been employed by the City of Marlow as city administrator for about 15 years. The Banner has attempted to verify that figure with Marlow, and has not received a confirmation from the city regarding this. Calls were placed to Betty Mackey, city clerk. 
Cain had also worked for the City of Comanche, prior to arriving at Marlow.
Hill was elected as Marlow mayor in December 2011, following Don Graham’s decision not to run for re-election. Hill officially took office in May 2012. Hill had served on the Marlow City Council several years prior to taking the mayor’s position. During his first service period, he was employed by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Department as undersheriff.

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