Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Police chief's job in jeopardy Police chief resigns over wife's porn photos; mayor, councilman resign, too


Snyder, Oklahoma's Police Chief Tod Ozmun is known locally as Mr. Law and Order. His wife Doris is known worldwide for her work as a plus-sized model on a pornographic Web site.

Snyder's mayor, Dale Moore, is up in arms because certain residents have their panties in a wad, KIRO-TV reports.

"This came to light because some of the people in town went onto the Internet to download pictures of her and started passing them out around the citizens here in town," said Mayor Dale Moore. "He's done more drug arrests, solved more crimes than anybody else in town has ever done," Moore said.

Resident Bryan Norton said he wants the chief fired. Resorting to that ridiculously clichéd measure of what's right and what's not — the old "what about the chiiiilllll-dren" whine — do-gooder Norton rhetorically asks, "When our kids come home from school telling us that the chief's wife is a porno queen, how do you answer that?"

You answer it like this, Bryan: "So what?"

UPDATE — Mon., Sept. 11, 2006: Today it was reported that on Friday Chief of Police Tod Ozmun, Mayor Dale Moore and City Councilman Clifford Barnard resigned their offices in Snyder, Oklahoma.

Former mayors Shirley and Billy Ray Anderson were gleeful. Shirley served as mayor of Snyder for five years in the 1990s, and Billy Ray was mayor for eight years.

"They have no morals as far as I'm concerned," said Shirley. "That's the whole thing I think — morals. You should have respectable people in office [click here for a list of American politicians convicted of crimes while in office]. They need to go somewhere else where this is accepted."

There just has to be a lot more to this story than is being told.

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I agree that, in general, a professional’s personal life isn’t a direct reflection of their ability to perform their job – I’d vote for Bill Clinton any day. However, I think there may be more to this story. KWTV Channel 9 (Oklahoma City) reported that residents have had serious concerns about Tod Ozmun's job performance long before this issue came to light. Residents also reported that repeated calls for investigation of the police chief's actions, unrelated to this issue, were ignored. One resident was quoted as saying that this protest regarding the chief's wife was "a means to an end" to resolve a much larger problem.

While Tod and Doris Ozmun may not have broken any laws and are within their rights to entertain themselves however they please (within legal limits), perhaps Snyder residents saw no other option than drawing attention to a so-called “local scandal" in order to correct what they saw as a danger to their community – not particularly because of pornography, but because of other matters. In a small town, a person of authority is a direct part of everyone's daily lives and has the power to shape an entire community. If there was indeed corruption within the police department, I can see how citizens might have felt the need to take this action out of desperation. And, in the end, Doris Ozmun should have more than enough increase in business from all the publicity to cover the loss of her husband’s income.
It say's that they have been togeather for 11yr's. Did ya know that he and his first wife were still togeather for most of that. Trust me their was a lot more going on in Snyder then that. The people wantted him out for a long time. My husband quit because of all the illeagl things that were going on after Todd took office, and most of the great "drug bust" he did were in Jeferson Co not Snyder.He told my husband to control me so if he is super cop why couldn't he control his wife?
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