Jun 16, 2017
State DIS Director “Improperly” Spends $8.2 Million ?
Myers says he did not "exercise discretion in favor of another person due to any personal relationships, real or perceived."
A legislative audit reports that former state Dept. of Information Services Director Mark Myers skirted policy and violated “standards of conduct in state law” when he spent over $8 million on three projects for his department.
Information on Myers’ personal relationship “with a vendor’s representative” was part of the report given to lawmakers, who also received a letter from Myer defending his actions. Myers said the purchases “were well below the prices the department could have paid for the equipment” and that he did not “exercise discretion in favor of another person due to any personal relationships, real or perceived.”
It was reported the Governor asked Myers to resign, which he did on November 23 — although he remained on state payroll until January 1 at a salary of $137,360.
An ongoing criminal investigation is taking place, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.