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Members of Oklahoma Ethics Commission select finalist for top post

Members voted Friday to offer executive director position to one of four attorneys. An offer will be made to the top finalist, whose name was not released.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: December 15, 2012

Members of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission voted Friday to offer the agency's top post to one of four finalists.

The name of the applicant was identified only as No. 9. All the applicants for the executive director position are attorneys and are from Oklahoma.

Commission Chairman Jo Pettigrew said she will call the finalist and see if the salary and other terms are agreeable. She made the comments after commissioners met in a three-hour closed session.

Pettigrew said it's hoped the finalist, if the offer is accepted, can start as soon as possible.

The agency has been without an executive director, a general counsel and an investigator since Nov. 30 when all three resigned either to retire or pursue other interests.

Only two employees remain with the agency, which writes civil penalty rules governing state campaigns and the conduct of state officers and employees.

“We need someone in the office who can kind of oversee what's going on,” she said. “We need someone there in the office.”

If the finalist accepts, it's possible the job could be filled by the first of the year, she said.

If it's turned down, the commission won't meet until next month. Its next regular meeting is set for Jan. 11, and Pettigrew said it might be difficult to get enough commissioners together for a special meeting Jan. 4.

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