Oklahoma public safety director named, top lawyer resigns

Beverly Cantrell - September 2, 2021 4:27 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced the appointment of a new commissioner of public safety in the state and said the governor’s top lawyer is resigning.

Stitt said he has appointed Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Tim Tipton as director of public safety, replace retiring commissioner John Scully.

Tipton’s appointment is effective Sept. 10, the day Scully’s resignation takes effect. The appointment requires state Senate approval when it meets in regular session next year.

Scully announced Tuesday that he is retiring to spend more time with his family.

Stitt also announced that he accepted the resignation of general counsel Jason Reese, effective Sept. 17. Stitt said Reese will return to private practice.


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