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Auditor finds conflict in HealthFirst project

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A state audit has found that a Lexington agency pre-selected a project manager for a health clinic project which created a conflict of interest that could put federal funding for construction at risk.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the audit released Thursday by State Auditor Adam Edelen also noted that HealthFirst Bluegrass has cash-flow problems.

The audit says the agency hired developer Ted J. Mims as project manager without seriously considering other candidates for the position. It says Mims has a conflict of interest because he is part-owner of the property and the landlord.

Mim's attorney, Richard Getty, said complaints about the hiring process are unwarranted and called the idea of a conflict of interest "ludicrous."

HealthFirst executive director William North declined to comment on the report.

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