- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel is apologizing after the release of an audit critical of the how the office used money.

The audit released Tuesday found, among other things, that the office didn’t pay contracts for inmate health care services even though money was available; about $900,000 was spent on sheriff’s office vehicles even though other financial obligations had not been met and the office accepted a donation of Whetsel’s personal vehicle without approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

Whetsel said there are no allegations of misappropriated money and that he will work to improve every area of operation.

Republican state Rep. Mike Christian, who is running against Whetsel, called the sheriff’s response “absurd” and shows a lack of respect for state laws and rules adopted by county officials.

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