NORMAN — District Attorney Greg Mashburn issued a release Friday in response to inquiries regarding a former employee who reportedly told police he was an assistant district attorney, then produced a badge to prove it.
Chad David Alexander is a lobbyist and former chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He was arrested for drug possession May 13 following a traffic stop.
“We are tightening our policies as a result of this lapse, to prevent similar incidents in the future,” Mashburn said. “The badge clearly indicated he was a public information officer. Standard practice in our office is to have badges and other office property returned at the end of employment, but unfortunately this did not happen in this instance.”
Alexander was a principal in the firm that handled Mashburn’s political campaign in 2006. Mashburn hired Alexander in 2007 as a part-time public information officer.
“He worked in that position for roughly 15 months, performing tasks such as speech writing and press release drafting until his part-time employment ceased in 2008,” Mashburn said in the release.
It is unknown whether any of the press releases Alexander drafted were sent to media outlets during his employment.
Alexander was not known as the DA’s public information officer by Transcript staff and no correspondence between him and the newspaper could be found.
The court affidavit says Alexander was observed meeting with a known drug trafficker prior to the traffic stop, and Alexander admitted purchasing cocaine that evening.
Media reports indicate that Oklahoma City police found more than three grams of cocaine and nine prescription pills inside the 2014 Mercedes that Alexander was driving.
He faces two felony counts of drug possession and a misdemeanor for obstructing a police officer. He has since said he will seek drug addiction treatment.
At the time of the traffic stop, Alexander reportedly flashed a badge he had been issued by Mashburn during his employment with the DA’s office in an attempt to avoid arrest.