Fire Protection Licensing Board Director Resigns

May 10, 2014

State records show the executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board resigned after an audit alleged she improperly charged more than $15,000 to her state credit card.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Saturday that Catherine Gray resigned April 24 - the day before a special board meeting in which preliminary information from the state Office of Accounting's Internal Audit Section was to be presented.

A phone number listed for Gray had been disconnected.

A draft report says auditors found $8,519 in personal purchases on a state credit card issued to Gray and that $6,907 in purchases lacked proper documentation.

The fire board monitors the servicing and installation of portable fire extinguishers, fixed fire-suppression systems and fire sprinkler systems and registers and licenses businesses and persons providing such services.