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Ethics Commission Withdraws Public Reprimand (Jun 15, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has withdrawn a public reprimand of former Department of Human Services commissioner Steven Dow.

The commission voted to withdraw the reprimand after meeting behind closed doors Friday. Ethics Commission Executive Director Marilyn Hughes said the decision was based on "newly discovered evidence," but she declined to elaborate.

The Ethics Commission issued the reprimand last month, citing a conflict of interest over Dow's service as a commissioner and as director of the nonprofit Community Action Project in Tulsa that contracts with DHS. Dow resigned the following day, as did Anne Roberts, who cited a potential conflict regarding her employment with Integris Health.

Dow had requested that the reprimand be withdrawn.

Hughes said the Ethics Commission determined Dow's violation of ethics rules was "inadvertent."

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