Former state auditor named to Oklahoma's corrections board

Democrat Steve Burrage was named by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: June 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm •  Published: June 15, 2012
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A Democrat, who was appointed state auditor and inspector in 2008 but lost a bid two years later to get elected to the post, will be serving on the Board of Corrections.

Steve Burrage, of Antlers, will replace Ted Logan on the corrections board, according to the governor's office.

Burrage, chairman of FirstBank of Altus, was named state auditor by then-Gov. Brad Henry in 2008 less than a month after Jeff McMahan, who was re-elected in 2006, resigned from the post after a federal jury convicted him and his wife on three felony corruption-related counts.

Burrage was defeated in the 2010 general election by Republican Gary Jones.

Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, named Burrage to the Corrections Board. The GOP-controlled Senate confirmed his appointment during this year's session.

Also appointed to the Corrections Board were Kevin J. Gross, of Tulsa, who is president and chief executive officer of the Hillcrest Healthcare System in Oklahoma, and Mike Roach, of El Reno, who is the director of the Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team at the Oklahoma County district attorney's office. Gross succeeds Robert Rainey and Roach succeeds David Henneke.

Fallin also named Jim Hamby, of Ada, to the Judicial Nominating Commission. Hamby is president and chief executive officer of Vision Bank. He replaces Patrick Stewart, who resigned, and will serve as a Republican from the 3rd Congressional District.

The governor named Rick Stephens, of Pryor, to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Commission. Stephens is the owner and funeral director at Stephens Memorial Chapel. He replaces Owen “Mike” Wilkerson.


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