DEATHS

Jimmy Ray "JR" Hutson, 73

Born May 5, 1946

Died February 16, 2020

John V. Allen Jr., 65

Born December 9, 1954

Died February 16, 2020

Deborah Moore, 61

Born December 10, 1958

Died February 15, 2020

Jessi Michelle Haworth , 15

Born September 3, 2004

Died February 15, 2020

Mary Lois VanBeber-Coffman, 94

Born September 2, 1925

Died February 15, 2020

Myrtle M "Punkie" Staton, 80

Born June 15, 1939

Died February 15, 2020

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Friday, January 31, 2020, 8:05 AM

The Muskogee County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting just now to appoint a new sheriff to fill the remainder of the term of Rob Frazier, who resigned to take the position of Fort Gibson police chief.

Commissioner Ken Payne said the commissioners thought all four candidates interviewed well for the position.

“One of our priorities was to not undermine the upcoming election,” Ken Doke said.

“I make a motion to appoint Terry Freeman,” Payne said. The board voted unanimously to appoint him.

Freeman is not an interim sheriff, DA Orvil Loge said. He is the official sheriff for the remainder of Freeman’s term, until Dec. 31 of this year.

Freeman was undersheriff for Frazier and his predecessor, Charles Pearson, who was also one of the candidates. Freeman told MuskogeeNOW.com last week that he has no interest in running for the office in the upcoming election, in which Pearson and Muskogee Police Lieutenant Andy Simmons have both already declared their candidacies.

“We just wanted someone who could come in and Day One run the sheriff’s office,” Doke said. “And he can do that.”

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