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Former DHS commissioner requests rescission of public reprimand

Former DHS Commissioner Steven Dow wants the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to rescind its recent public reprimand of him.
by Randy Ellis Modified: June 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm •  Published: June 15, 2012
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Former DHS Commissioner Steven Dow of Tulsa wants the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to rescind its recent public reprimand of him.

The Ethics Commission has called a special meeting for 10:15 a.m. Friday in Room 432A of the state Capitol building to consider his request.

Dow was publicly reprimanded by the Ethics Commission May 29 for serving as a DHS commissioner at the same time he was the unpaid chief executive officer of Community Action Project of Tulsa County, a nonprofit agency that contracts with DHS to provide day care and child education services.

The Ethics Commission ruled that was a conflict of interest and Dow resigned as a Department of Human Services commissioner the next day.

In Dow's resignation letter to the governor, he wrote that he was “surprised and disappointed” by the Ethics Commission's decision.

Dow wrote that he had informed then-Gov. Brad Henry's office of the potential conflict when Henry first appointed him, and said Henry's “legal counsel and chief of staff thoroughly investigated and researched the matter, concluding that there was not a violation of any provision of the Constitution or statute.”

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by Randy Ellis
Investigative Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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