The spurned operator of the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater is asking for an independent panel to review the selection of a two-month-old company to take over the concert venue.
Howard Pollack, chief executive officer of Facilities Management Group, is fighting to retain control of the amphitheater, 2011 NE 50, after operating it the past decade.
Pollock's complaints include the circumstances surrounding the selection of 3Horse Productions, a company that was formed just one day before proposals were due. He also questions the wording of the request for proposals issued by the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust, and the access competitors were given to his current contract.
A vote scheduled last month on the selection by the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust was delayed after zoo director Dwight Scott was challenged by The Oklahoman on the sealing of records requested under the Oklahoma Open Records Act.
Those records were later released and showed 3Horse Productions has ties to Remington Park and its owner, Global Gaming, a Chickasaw Nation subsidiary, that previously were not disclosed to the public or to several members of the zoological trust including Councilman Skip Kelly.
“I think it is incumbent on everybody to take a step back for a closer look at the situation,” Pollack said. “We have said since the beginning of this very odd procedure that we will gladly put our 10 years of hard work making the Zoo Amphitheater a nationally recognized entertainment venue against any potential bidder.”
The agenda item for the zoo trust's vote Wednesday on 3Horse Productions includes an independent review by the city's finance department director Craig Freeman, said Tara Henson, zoo spokeswoman.
In a June 11 letter distributed to zoo trustees, Freeman reported the solicitation and proposals were reviewed before any conversations with the selection panel led by Scott.
Freeman wrote the procedures and documents are “consistent with the city's purchasing policies and procedures” and that the partners in 3Horse Productions appear to be well qualified as operators.