Blackwell mayor, Tonkawa city manager, former Blackwell city manager, charged in Kay County District Court following audit

August 24, 2021 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — Warrants were issued today for Blackwell mayor Thomas J. Greenfield, 42, Tonkawa City manager, Kirk Henderson, 60, and Thomas Lynn Ouither, 67, Tonkawa.

Greenfield, 42, Blackwell, is now charged in Kay County District court with three felony counts of embezzlement, a felony count of fraud and a felony count of conspiracy. A warrant with bond endorsed at $25,000 was issued today. During a bond hearing, Judge David Bandy reduced bond to $500 and scheduled a status docket for Dec. 3. Enid attorney Eddie Wyant is representing Greenfield.

Henderson, 60, Tonkawa, is the current city manager and former fire chief. He is facing felony charges of conspiracy and fraud. A warrant with bond endorsed at $5,000 is issued.

Former Blackwell city manager, “Chip” Ouithier, 67, Tonkawa, is facing felony charges of conspiracy and fraud. A warrant with bond endorsed at $5,000 is issued.

The charges were filed by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation after agent Richard Brown reviewed information compiled by the State auditor’s office.

The investigative audit was released in July and refers to a straw purchase between the City of Tonkawa, G&C Concrete , and the city of Blackwell.

It is reported that the City of Tonkawa purchased assets from G&C as part of a business liquidation auction and sold them to the City of Blackwell with out first taking possession of the items. Auditors report that the purchase indirectly profited Greenfield and appears to have been a violation.

To read the entire audit online click here.