Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dunlap Given Reins to Cowboy Personnel

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dunlap Given Reins to Cowboy Personnel

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An order giving the court-appointed receiver of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center of Oklahoma City "absol ute power to terminate existing employment relationships" between the hall and its employees was issued Monday in Oklahoma County District Court in Oklahoma City.

Signed by Oklahoma County District Judge John M. Amick, the order also gives the receiver, Dr. E.T. Dunlap, the power to retain new employees if, at his discretion, he believes that would be "in the best interest of the hall."

Dunlap refused to say whether or not any Hall of Fame employees were going to be terminated, but he confirmed the hall was undergoing a staff evaluation which he described as a "typical, administrative procedure."

Dunlap was appointed custodian of the hall after a lawsuit was filed by six former directors and one present director that left the hall's leadership in dispute.

That litigation is currently before Amick, with an appeal to a recent ruling by Amick scheduled to be filed this week with the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

Amick's ruling removed six of the seven original plaintiffs from the legal proceedings.

Dunlap said Wednesday the order was to clarify powers he had been given by Oklahoma County District Judge Raymond Naifeh, who appointed him as receiver. …

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