EMSA’s CEO Williamson resigns

Tulsa’s ambulance service, EMSA, has accepted the resignation of its embattled president and CEO Stephen Williamson.

Williamson has been the only director of EMSA since it was formed 40 years ago.

Williamson has been named in a federal lawsuit that claims a $20 million kickback scheme involving a Texas contractor and EMSA. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined that lawsuit, claiming those kickbacks invalidated $64 in Medicaid claims.

Williamson’s attorneys have indicated he is also the subject of a criminal investigation. Williams said his resignation will allow EMSA to refocus on serving the public. The expenses involved with the lawsuit caused EMSA to seek a $400 increase in ambulance transport fees but that was rejected by the Tulsa City Council.

EMSA is a public trust that serves Tulsa, Oklahoma City and 11 other cities, including Sand Springs, Jenks and Bixby.