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Oklahoma sheriffs mad at legislator

It's a safe bet Rep. Bobby Cleveland won't be invited to speak at any Oklahoma Sheriffs Association gatherings in the near future. 

Cleveland has criticized the association's role in collecting fines from offenders of all types that go into delinquency. Fightin words. Cue up the theme from Good, Bad and The Ugly. 

Oklahoma sheriffs are complaining about a state legislator who has criticized their private association.

One sheriff last week called Rep. Bobby Cleveland a misguided "bully" and demanded a public apology.

"I believe that declaring war on a nonprofit that represents and provides support to Oklahoma sheriffs is a strange and reckless dereliction of duty for any state official," Canadian County Sheriff Chris West said in a news release sent to The Oklahoman and other media.

The news release was entitled "Attacks On Sheriffs Are Attacks On Oklahomans."

Cleveland, R-Slaughterville, is not backing down.

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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›