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Longtime Oklahoma Ethics Commission workers are honored

A reception was held Thursday for Oklahoma Ethics Commission's longtime executive director, general counsel and investigator, who are leaving the agency at the end of November.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: November 16, 2012
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Former Commissioner John Raley, who served the maximum two five-year terms on the commission, said Hughes was “a very dedicated administrator and lawyer.”

“It will be difficult if nigh impossible to find someone to even match her experience, knowledge and dedication to the mission of the Ethics Commission — full accountability, full transparency and dedicated to the principle of trying to reduce undue influence by special interests,” said Raley, whose final term expired earlier this year.

“They're chronically underfunded, and she's been able to manage and inspire during these periods of time when the agency was underfunded, understaffed and overworked,” he said.

James Loy, who served 10 years on the commission through last year, also spoke highly of Hughes.

“She was the brains behind it, interpreting the rules, assisting all of the commissioners — and service beyond the normal call of duty,” he said. “We appreciate her service so much.”