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By Jennifer Palmer
Oklahoma Watch 

Oklahoma State Auditor Q&A: 'I believe people own the government'


March 18, 2022

Whitney Bryen, Oklahoma Watch

State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd, shown in this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, on the audit of Epic Charter Schools: "I do believe that criminal charges will be filed because I've looked at this and this is a very concerning situation."

Since taking office as the State Auditor & Inspector, Cindy Byrd has handled some political footballs with audits of the state's largest virtual charter school, the state health department and numerous other schools and municipalities.

She's done so by keeping her focus on one thing.

"I believe people own the government and government entities are just stewards of the people's checkbook. And my role is to go and make sure those checkbooks are in order," Byrd said.

She brings a "rural girl" perspective from home life in Coalgate (population 2,000) to her work in Oklahoma City. "I've al...

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