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Exec Who Caught Health Department’s Problems Resigns, Citing Conflicts of Interest in Agency

Feb 1, 2018

Update from Health Department spokesman Tony Sellars: “The Oklahoma State Department of Health confirms the resignation of CFO Mike Romero. The agency will not have any additional comment at this time.”

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  Mike Romero, the chief financial officer for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and one of two executives who drew attention to the agency’s accounting irregularities, abruptly resigned Thursday. In a resignation letter obtained by Oklahoma Watch, Romero cited “multiple conflicts of interest” at the agency and said information technology consolidation costs from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the agency Interim Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger used to lead, need to be fixed in the way outlined in the agency’s recent Corrective Action Report. Romero and Doerflinger clashed over suggested financial reporting changes outlined in a memo by Denise Northrup, interim director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

Read Romero’s resignation letter here.