Commissioners of the Secretary of the Land Board were asked by a candidate to resign | Government and politics

OKLAHOMA CITY — Republican nominee for attorney general Gentner Drummond said Friday that commissioners for Land Office secretary Elliott Chambers must step down.

The Tulsa World reported earlier this month that an internal auditor at the agency was fired and received a settlement after raising questions about a potential conflict of interest between Chambers and Victorum Capital, who was hired by the agency.

The internal auditor said in notes provided to Tulsa World via an open records request to State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister’s office that Chambers had an existing personal investment relationship with the company that was never disclosed to the five Land Office commissioners.

Hofmeister sits on the five-member board.

‘It is clear to me that Secretary Chambers has an untenable personal conflict and should immediately resign as Secretary to the Land Office Commissioners,’ Drummond said.

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Chambers failed to deliver character and integrity, Drummond said.

“If he refuses to do the right thing and leave his post, I hope the commissioners relieve him of his duties as soon as possible,” he said.

“Scandals in state government are mounting and we need an attorney general who will aggressively fight corruption and protect our tax dollars.”

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor could not be reached for comment. He faces Drummond in the June 28 primary.

Chambers declined to comment.

Gregory M. Roy