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County under OSBI probe
Published:
9/27/2013 5:19:15 PM
Last Updated:
7/10/2014 9:16:25 AM

by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal

 
Kay County Commissioners recently learned they are under investigation by the OSBI for improper bidding practices.
County officials were notified by the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector by letter on June 26, 2014.

 According to the letter from Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones to Kay County Commissioners, “Our office has been requested by District Attorney for District #4 Mike Fields to conduct an investigation into matters pertaining to the Kay County Board of Commissioners.  In accordance with this request as defined, the State Auditor and Inspector’s Office will conduct an investigation into these matters.”

 Fields, the Garfield County District Attorney, was assigned the investigation by the Attorney General’s Office to review the county’s bidding practices after Kay County District Attorney Brian Hermanson recused his office from the investigation. 

 In a letter to the Office of the State Auditor and Inspector, Fields asked the OSBI to investigate the case saying, “I asked the OSBI to investigate the allegations and after discussing the matter with the OSBI believe that an audit is necessary.”

 The county will also be responsible for the cost of the audit.
State Auditor and Inspector spokesman Trey Davis said Monday the investigation could take at least six months to complete.

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