Former Kay County Commissioner sentenced to 90 days in jail

May 22, 2019 | Courts|Headlines


NEWKIRK — Former Kay County Commissioner Tyson Grant Rowe, 39, appeared in district court today before a Payne County judge and entered no contest pleas to three charges of embezzlement of county property; two felony charges of embezzlement by a county officer; embezzlement by a public officer and nine felony charges of willful violation of law regulating official conduct. A felony charge of racketeering was dismissed.

Rowe received a 10 year deferred sentence on the remaining felony charges and a one year suspended sentence on the misdemeanor charges. He was ordered to serve 90 days in the Kay County Detention Center which is set to begin on Dec. 1. Rowe must also pay restitution.

Rowe and former county commissioner Dee Schieber, 65, were charged with a host of crimes on March 31, 2017 by the Oklahoma State Auditor’s office.

Schieber faces seven misdemeanor charges of willful violation of law regulating official conduct and has opted for a jury trial which is set for Nov. 12, 2019 in Kay County. He is free on $25,000 bond and represented by attorney James Schaefer.
On Feb. 20, 2013 the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office received a complaint that resulted in a county audit conducted by the State Auditor’s office. The audit was completed in December of 2015 at a cost of $90,416.66.
Allegations made against Rowe include:
• Between May 2013 and July 2014, Rowe and his designated purchasing agent requisitioned and caused 10 purchase orders to be issued totaling $1,6669,538.74 for costs associated with a public construction project called the 44th Street Reconstruction Project. As a result, commissioners approved caused payments to be issued to River Ridge Construction and Duit Construction, Edmond, totaling $231,315.78 and $1,438,222.96 respectively with out taken bids.
• Between March 12, 2012 and June 30, 2012, not follow procedures required for a public construction contract governing road construction of Blackwell Wind Farm Project in the county when it exceeded 15 percent cumulative increase to the original contract price.
• On March 26, 2012, disobeying the law by opening and awarding and or participating in the opening and awarding of a bid for road construction of Blackwell Wind Farm Project less than 20 days after one set of complete bidding documents were on file at the courthouse beginning March 12, 2012.
Rowe was also accused of not following the bidding and purchasing procedures required for the purchase and trucking of material.

Schieber is accused of not following bidding and or purchase procedures on various projects including the construction of Oakland Avenue Road Project resulting in commissioners approving a payment of $155,286.20 to River Ridge Construction. with out taking bids.