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Two top Public Safety leaders step down; new director named

Beverly Bryant - September 3, 2019 12:06 pm

John Scully

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Two of the top leaders at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety who were named last month as defendants in a civil rights lawsuit have stepped down from their positions at the agency.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Kevin Stitt says DPS Commissioner Rusty Rhoades and Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Michael Harrell announced their resignations on Monday.

Stitt has appointed John Scully, the director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control, as the new DPS commissioner, effective immediately.

Rusty Rhoades

Michael Harrell

The move comes just a few weeks after Rhoades and Harrell were named in a civil rights lawsuit filed by a former patrol captain who alleged the two were involved in a cheating and corruption scandal at the agency.

Messages left Tuesday for Rhoades and Harrell weren’t immediately returned.

 

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