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July 6, 2013

Questionable charges on NODA credit card

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ENID, Okla. — Hasty resignation

In a special meeting on March 25, just three days before NODA was scheduled to meet for its regular monthly session, the agency accepted States’ resignation. According to the minutes taken during the special meeting, President Dea Kretchmar told the board that Kennedy had asked States to resign.

Before the meeting began, States emailed Kennedy a brief, one-sentence statement declaring his immediate resignation.

NODA has declined to comment on the issue, aside from providing documentation in accordance with public records laws. It also appears the agency has taken no steps to pursue legal action against States.

“NODA is prepared to furnish its financial records pursuant to the Oklahoma Open Record Act to any investigatory body desiring to receive and review the same and provide testimony as may be requested,” Kennedy said in a written statement Friday. “Further comment is not appropriate at this time, as this involves a personnel matter.”

States’ history

Neither his resignation email nor the meeting minutes from March 25 disclosed the reason States resigned. He had served the agency for almost 12 years, starting in 2001 as an accountant.

States was appointed deputy director in 2010 and took over as executive director when former chief Larry Tipps retired in March 2012.

After States’ resignation, the NODA Board of Directors appointed Mareta Woodard as interim executive director.

There have been no audits or inventory checks aside from the routine annual examinations performed every fiscal year, Kennedy said.

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