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August 13, 2012

County solicitation policy under review

Fundraising at courthouse prompts study

CLAREMORE — Rogers County Commissioners discussed a revision Monday to the county’s solicitation and distribution policy.

This item was placed on the agenda at the request of Assistant District Attorney David Iski for commissioner Mike Helm after a recent incident in the courthouse.
County employees were approached at work during hours of operation by a member of the community for donations to purchase water or Gatorade for county and city workers.
Iski reported that an employee had made a contribution to the solicitor.
The commissioners reported that no water or Gatorade had been provided to the county to their knowledge.
Commissioners Kirt Thacker and Dan DeLozier were not made aware of the situation until Monday’s meeting.
The information was shared between Helm and Iski before being placed on the meeting agenda.
Commissioners discussed the item to develop or revisit the current policy to protect employees from possible scam or fraud.
The policy will be reviewed to make sure it would cover different types of solicitation by employees as well, according to the commissioners.
There are multiple types of issues including fundraising between employees and public fundraising, where employees seek donations on their private time, according to the discussion.
The issue that prompted the discussion was clearly related to the solicitation of employees by someone outside the courthouse.
It was not clarified if this was a scam or if fraud had been committed however the issue raised enough concerns to prompt an agenda item.
Helm said he did not file a report with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident.
“I called out to the sheriff, but the sheriff did not answer,” Helm said.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said commissioner Helm has not contacted him and that no report has been filed.
“Anybody in this department could have taken care of that,” Walton said.

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