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Arizona Medical Board Executive Director Fired

The executive director of the Arizona Medical Board was fired Saturday afternoon. The firing came after a report accused the director of not following state laws in licensing of doctors.

Lisa Wynn was fired by the board following a report by the Arizona Ombudsman’s office.

According to the Arizona Republic the board voted 5-4 to fire her. The investigation found that the board that licenses doctors in Arizona broke state law by not following proper licensing procedures and violated other regulations.

In its report, the Ombudsman’s office listed multiple allegations of misconduct involving the licensing of doctors and senior administrators who authorized procedures that violated state law.

In many cases the report says medical board administrators were too concerned with getting license applications approved quickly, instead of making sure laws were being followed. The report said that the executive director did not follow legal advice when she was warned that certain statues were no being followed.

The Board initially issued a letter of reprimand to the director but during a special meeting Saturday decided that was not enough.

Al Macias, former KJZZ news director, is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.