Dave Lopez was hired to bridge the gap between Karl Springer and a permanent leader for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
But in his short tenure as interim superintendent, Lopez quietly has tackled several of the district's operational issues, including the safety and security of students and teachers.
Instead of replacing the district's recently retired chief operating officer, Lopez, a former business executive and state commerce secretary, created a new position to oversee security operations and selected an Air Force retiree for the job.
His pick, Rodney J. McKinley, was approved as chief of human resources by the school board at Monday night's meeting. McKinley was the 15th chief master sergeant of the Air Force — the highest enlisted level of leadership in the Air Force — and was assigned to the Pentagon from 2006-09.
“Our team is working on a multitude of operational improvements. But a safe environment for our students and teachers must be at the very top of the list,” Lopez said Tuesday. “Rod's leadership and expertise will help us address that priority as fast and as thoroughly as possible.”