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51-24.1.


51-24.1.
   
   A. Any elected or appointed state or county officer or employee who,
   during the term for which he or she was elected or appointed, is, or
   has been, found guilty by a trial court of a felony in a state or
   federal court of competent jurisdiction shall be automatically
   suspended from said office or employment. The Governor shall appoint
   an interim successor to serve during the period of suspension of any
   county commissioner or any state officer other than a member of the
   State Legislature. A vacancy created by the suspension of a member of
   the State Legislature shall be filled as provided in Section 20 of
   Article V of the Oklahoma Constitution. A vacancy created by the
   suspension of a county officer other than a county commissioner shall
   be filled as provided by Section 10 of this title. In the event any
   elected or appointed state or county officer or employee who, during
   the term for which he or she was elected or appointed, pleads guilty
   or nolo contendere to a felony or any offense involving a violation of
   his or her official oath in a state or federal court of competent
   jurisdiction, he or she shall, immediately upon the entry of said
   plea, forfeit said office or employment. Any such officer or employee
   upon final conviction of, or pleading guilty or nolo contendere to, a
   felony in a state or federal court of competent jurisdiction shall
   vacate such office or employment and if such felony or other offense
   violates his or her oath of office shall forfeit all benefits of said
   office or employment, including, but not limited to, retirement
   benefits provided by law, however, the forfeiture of retirement
   benefits shall not occur if any such officer or employee received a
   deferred sentence, but retirement benefits shall not commence prior to
   completion of the deferred sentence; provided, however, that such
   forfeiture of retirement benefits shall not include such officer's or
   employee's contributions to the retirement system or retirement
   benefits that are vested on the effective date of this act. Any claims
   for payment of salary or wages, or any claims for payment of any other
   benefits, to any such officer or employee suspended from or forfeiting
   his or her office or employment shall be rejected by the proper
   authority. Such suspension or forfeiture shall continue until such
   time as said conviction or guilty plea is reversed by the highest
   appellate court to which said officer or employee may appeal. The
   attorney responsible for prosecuting such elected or appointed state
   or county officers or employees shall notify the retirement system in
   which such officer or employee is enrolled of the forfeiture of such
   officer's or employee's retirement benefits.
   
   B. Within three (3) days of the conviction or plea of guilty or nolo
   contendere of a county commissioner, the district attorney of the
   county where such county commissioner served shall notify the
   Governor, in writing, of the suspension, the date of conviction or
   plea of guilty or nolo contendere resulting in suspension, and the
   felony committed.
   
   C. Within three (3) days of the conviction or plea of guilty or nolo
   contendere of an elected or appointed state officer, the attorney
   responsible for prosecuting such state officer, shall notify the
   Governor in writing of the suspension, the date of conviction or plea
   of guilty or nolo contendere resulting in suspension, and the felony
   committed.
   

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