Audit of ME's Office Sought

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Lawmakers seek Medical Examiner's audit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge and Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee have asked for an emergency financial audit of the state Medical Examiner's Office.

The legislative leaders sent a letter on Monday to state Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage's office requesting the audit.

In addition, agency spokeswoman Cherokee Ballard the acting chief medical examiner, Dr. Eric Duval, moved up his resignation effective date from next month to Monday.

Benge and Coffee say the audit is needed due to irregularities within the agency. They say it could help avoid more problems and develop a professional evaluation of the agency's finances.

The request was made a little more than two weeks after the agency's former chief medical examiner, Dr. Collie Trant, was fired after just nine months on the job.