Case against Tonkawa City Manager dismissed

February 25, 2024 | Courts|Featured

NEWKIRK — The case against Tonkawa city manager Kirk Eugene Henderson has been dismissed in Kay County District Court.

In 2021 warrants were issued for then Blackwell mayor Thomas J. Greenfield, Henderson, and former Blackwell city manager Thomas Lynn Ouither.

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

Henderson and Outhier were charged with conspiracy and fraud charges, while Greenfield faced three felony charges of embezzlement, one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy.

On Aug. 21, 2023, Outhier took a plea deal and entered a no contest plea to his charges. Sentencing is deferred for four years. He was fined a $500 fee and court costs.

In 2022 Greenfield agreed to a plea deal and had to resign as mayor. He was given a seven year deferred sentence and ordered to pay an undetermined amount of restitution. That restitution amount has not been revealed on the Oklahoma State Court Network unlike other embezzlement cases. 

For example, Janell Marie Kemp was convicted of embezzlement charges and ordered to pay back $19,052.66. (see ODCR page)

Micah Xzavier Jarrett was convicted of embezzling from a Jiffy Trip and ordered to pay back $1,191.53. (see ODCR page)

Kimberly Axelson was convicted of embezzlement and ordered to pay $250 in restitution. (see ODCR page)

Lance Walter Webb was convicted of embezzling from the Kanza Travel Plaza and ordered to pay back $3,239.33. (see ODCR page)

The case against Henderson was dismissed by an agreement of parties.

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