The Edmond Sun

September 24, 2013

County clerk admits mistakes, repents

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — County Clerk Carolynn Caudill released a statement Tuesday, accepting responsibility for her actions and promising to not make the same error again.

At about 8:40 p.m. Sept. 17, an Oklahoma City police officer responded to a call regarding an intoxicated driver being followed, according to the incident report. The driver struck a parked vehicle on Northwest 79th Street between McKinley and Military and kept driving, Tabiai stated.

A Nichols Hills police officer spotted the driver parked at a home in Oklahoma City. The driver turned out to be Caudill, 67. She was arrested on complaints of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

In the statement, released by District 3 First Deputy Rick Buchanan, Caudill thanked individuals who expressed support for her since the incident as she faces “a very difficult time” in her life.

“I have and will always continue to be honored to serve as your Oklahoma County Clerk,” Caudill stated. “I accept that certain life events deserve the public’s scrutiny and do have personal consequences. I understand that my personal choices affect me, my family, those closest to me and the wonderful people of Oklahoma County.”

She called the incident “my greatest learning lesson of all” and “a very big mistake.” she stated she was “acting completely out of character. Now I must learn from it and make sure it never happens again. I promise you, it will not.”

Caudill accepted responsibility for her actions, cited her faith as a source of strength, pledged to “not jeopardize the high honor of public service” and announced she is back at work.

Caudill is serving her fifth term as county clerk. Her annual salary is $105,262.56. | 341-2121