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Board of Health accepts Commissioner’s resignation; starts investigation

Team Radio Marketing Group - October 31, 2017 8:54 am

The Board of Health met in emergency session Monday night and accepted the resignation of the Oklahoma State Department of Health Commissioner, Terry Cline, Ph.D., effective immediately.

Cline has served as the OSDH Commissioner since June 2009.

The Board appointed Director and Secretary of Finance, Preston Doerflinger, as Interim OSDH Commissioner. Director Doerflinger will assume his new responsibilities today.

Cline’s resignation came on the heels of information received by the board that the health department is faced with an immediate financial loss predicated upon multiple years of over-expenditures and fiscal mismanagement.

In addition to Cline, the board acknowledges the resignation of Julie Cox-Kain, OSDH Senior Deputy Commissioner, effective immediately.

Gov. Mary Fallin said her office has enlisted the help of the fiscal staff of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the state Attorney General’s office and the Office of the State Auditor and Inspector to look into the matter immediately.

 

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