Gentner calls for Zumwalt’s resignation after audit findings

(The Center Square) – Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond called for the resignation of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage Secretary Shelley Zumwalt after an audit showed she approved a multi-million contract for a company where her husband worked while working for another state agency.

The report released by State Auditor Cindy Byrd Tuesday afternoon shows that a contract was made between Phase 2 Development and the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission for improvements to the computer system. Zumwalt’s husband, John, was vice-president of the company.

“Between April 2020 and August 2022, OMES, through a contract and multiple change orders, paid P2 a total of $7 Million to stabilize and update the OESC mainframe,” according to a news release from Byrd’s office. “Subsequent contracting and payments were transacted by OESC and signed by Shelley Zumwalt, who was appointed as the Executive Director of OESC in May 2020. By April 2022, Zumwalt had approved additional contracts and change orders to P2 totaling $8.5 Million.”

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