The same Rex Wikel who oversaw the arrest of the infamous Hemp Truck crew, seems to be involved in yet another scandal, up in the notorious county seat of Osage County.
Rex Wikel was the police chief of Pawhuska last winter, when the department claimed "the biggest marijuana bust in Oklahoma History". Then Wikel became the asst. city manager, under Larry Eulert, who was holding the position for a couple years. That term ends this weekend and Eulert's parting gift to Wikel was to fire the Top cop who replaced Wikel, so Wikel wouldn't have to.
There' been an outpouring of outrage, today; from citizens around the city.
Wikel has been ridiculed nationally for his ignorance in commandeering a full semitrailer of federally legal industrial hemp, using inept field testing evidence. Oklahoma may face federal lawsuits from Colorado & Kentucky for violating Interstate commerce laws and damaging more than half a million dollar payload. District Attorney Mike Fisher has been lampooned mercilessly for his attempts to press life sentences for members of the trucking team.
Pawhuska Chief of Police Nick Silva has been fired by City Manager Larry Eulert.
Eulert, along with Assistant City Manager Rex Wickle, entered Silva's office Friday morning and informed Silva they didn't care for the way Silva had been performing his job.
As City Manager, Eulert is the only person in Pawhuska who has the authority to fire Silva. Eulert's last day in office is Sunday. Silva plans to to fight this, though. His attorney is already talking to the city attorney and he has plenty of community support.
No matter what happens, Silva wants the citizens of Pawhuska to know the Pawhuska Police Department is making a change for the better. Eulert was unavailable for comment as of Friday evening.