WELCH - A citizens group filed a petition Thursday seeking a grand jury investigation to oust a Welch school board president accused of threatening school officials.

Welch Citizens Allied for Responsible Education gave board member Dennis McCord the choice of voluntarily resigning his position prior to filing the petition in Craig County District Court, said Daniel Giraldi, the group's attorney.

McCord refused to resign.

The petition, containing 544 signatures must contain signatures of at least 500 people registered to vote in Craig County, per the county election board.

If the petition is found by election officials to have the sufficient number of signatures, a grand jury would be impaneled within 30 days.

McCord is accused of verbally assaulting, cursing and threatening retaliation against Welch Superintendent R. Clark McKeon and a softball coach after his daughter did not play in a game. He is also accused of using his power to threaten the jobs of McKeon and the coach if his children didn't get more playing time.

Earlier this year, on the recommendation of the school superintendent, McCord was suspended for six months from school property with the exception of board meetings.

McCord was re-elected five times to the board and was also chosen Oklahoma School Board Member of the Year in 1999, Johnson said as he confirmed that his client “will not back down.”