Zoo board member resigns due to possible conflict of interest

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by Ruella Rouf /KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 9:40 PM

(KMOV) – A possible conflict of interest forced Zoo Museum District board member Patricia Whitaker to resign Tuesday.

Whitaker is a founder of Arcturis, a design firm which recently won a contract to design a multi-million dollar project at the St. Louis Science Center. In her resignation letter Whitaker writes “[W]hen I became aware that Arcturis … was a finalist for the potential contract with the Science Center, I went to the ZMD Attorney. I asked for his advice and followed that advice.” 

St. Louis County Executive Charley Dooley thanked Whitaker, stating “I’m sure it was a difficult personal decision but I know Pat did not want to have the Board be distracted from its work and I appreciate her acting as quickly as she did.”

The board will begin filling her vacancy in a timely manner.

 

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