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Fallin chooses transition team leaders

Oklahoma Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has picked two chairmen to lead her transition team — Senate leader Glen Coffee and Larry Nichols, Devon Energy's executive chairman.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: November 9, 2010
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Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has picked one of the state's most successful businessmen and the first Republican leader of the Senate to share duties in heading up her transition team, driving home common themes of her campaign to bring jobs to the state and to make state government smaller and more efficient.

The Republican named Larry Nichols, Devon Energy's executive chairman and former chairman of The State Chamber, and Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, to serve as co-chairmen of her transition. Coffee could not seek re-election because of term limits; his term expires next week.

"I've said all along during my campaign that this administration will focus on job creation and building the very best business environment ... so we can get Oklahoma's economy back on track," said Fallin, who won 60 percent of the vote in last week's gubernatorial election.

"My administration will also focus on creating a smaller, smarter, more efficient state government so that we can protect taxpayer dollars and deliver the most effective governmental services," she said.

Fallin wants to work with private sector

Nichols and Coffee will be heading efforts to develop a smooth transition for Fallin and her staff into the governor's office.

She will be inaugurated Jan. 10 as the state's 27th governor.

Fallin said she will be announcing other members of the transition staff during the next several days.

Fallin called Nichols, a leader in the energy industry, one of the state's most innovative businessmen and a great civic leader. She said Coffee, a businessman and attorney who was a leading proponent of lawsuit reform, was an effective legislator.

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AT A GLANCE

What is a transition team?

A transition team among other things helps the governor-elect assemble a staff and key members of the administration, such as the governor's Cabinet. Team members also go through information from the outgoing governor's staff and provide policy guidance.

Among the positions Gov.-elect Mary Fallin is expected to fill are secretary of state, public safety commissioner, secretary of agriculture and state finance director. She also may replace various department heads and commissions; the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's board customarily resigns, for example, after a new governor takes office. Fallin also will be filling administrative positions such as chief of staff and appointment administrator.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU

How you can

get involved

Gov.-elect Mary Fallin said her transition office has developed a website where residents may go to keep up with her preparations to become the state's first female governor. The

website is www.

governorelect

maryfallin.org. Those wanting to work on the transition, seek a state position, apply for an appointment or have a suggestion may post their information on the website.

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