In a bold and wise move, State Auditor & Inspector, Gary Jones, is stopping his own involvement in the audit & investigation of the missing millions of dollars, spent by the former commissioner, Terry Cline.
But the far more glaring conflict of interest is still meddling with the books. Preston Doerflinger appears to have violated statutes by certifying in state financial documents that he knows the Health Department is in financial compliance with state laws and proper spending levels.
When the health Dept. oversight board voted to appoint Doerflinger to the post of acting Commissioner, It allowed Doerflinger unfettered access to the evidence which could lead to his own indictment.
Steve Anderson of OCPA finds credible data and required statutes which point to gross failures in oversight by both Doerflinger & Jones. That finding is published in installment 4 of our guest series of columns by Anderson.
We call on Doerflinger to follow Jones' example and step aside from running the Dept. of Health until such time as the courts and House investigators can ascertain the scope of the chronology and determine that Doerflinger might still be fit to serve in any state agency leadership.