Exec who caught health department’s problems resigns, citing conflicts of interest in agency

By Paul Monies

The top financial officer at the embattled Oklahoma State Department of Health resigned Thursday after clashing with the agency’s new leadership over secret grand jury testimony and the direction of financial changes at the agency.

Chief Financial Officer Mike Romero cited “multiple conflicts of interest” in a resignation letter addressed to Interim Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger, the state Board of Health and agency employees. Romero also said he had “very serious concerns on multiple levels” over the health department’s information technology spending, much of which goes to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which Doerflinger previously led.

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