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Cherokee Ballard resigns from ME's office for job at Oklahoma Natural Gas

Cherokee Ballard has stepped down as the state medical examiner's office spokeswoman after three years.
BY ANDREW KNITTLE aknittle@opubco.com Modified: November 3, 2011 at 12:33 am •  Published: November 3, 2011
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Cherokee Ballard has resigned as spokeswoman for the state medical examiner's office to take a job at Oklahoma Natural Gas.

Ballard, who worked at the state agency for about three years, will soon take over as communications manager for ONG, a job held for more than two decades by Don Sherry.


“I'm excited about this new opportunity,” Ballard said.

“I've got some big shoes to fill.”

Ballard was in court earlier in the week testifying at a preliminary hearing in a bribery case involving state Rep. Randy Terrill and former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich.

Terrill, R-Moore, is accused of bribing Leftwich with an $80,000-a-year job at the state medical examiner's office in exchange for not running for re-election in 2010.

Ballard said her decision to leave the medical examiner's office had nothing to do with the bribery case.

Ballard worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Oklahoma City before joining the medical examiner's office.


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