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Oklahoma Department of Human Services has 9-member governing board

The state Department of Human Services describes its nine commissioners as a governing board. Commissioners are appointed by the governor and serve nine-year terms. They meet about once a month.
From Staff Reports Published: September 11, 2011
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The state Department of Human Services describes its nine commissioners as a governing board.

Commissioners are appointed by the governor and serve nine-year terms. They meet about once a month.

Commissioners chose the director who runs the agency's day-to-day operations. Former state Sen. Howard Hendrick has served as director since July 1, 1998.

DHS says commissioners also approve program budgets, funding and policies and procedures.

Members are:

Enid dentist Richard DeVaughn, chairman, appointed in 2003 by then-Gov. Brad Henry.

Retired Tulsa educator Aneta F. Wilkinson, vice chairman, appointed in 2005 by Henry.

Jay Dee Chase, of Norman, former president of a pharmaceutical company, appointed in 2007 by Henry.

Steven Dow, executive director of the Community Action project of Tulsa County, appointed in 2010 by Henry.

Linda Weeks, of Norman, senior program officer with the Sarkeys Foundation, appointed in 2010 by Henry.

Anne Roberts, of Norman, director of Legislative Affairs for Integris Health, appointed in 2010 by Henry.

Enid optometrist Michael Peck appointed in 1998 and reappointed in 1999 by then-Gov. Frank Keating and reappointed in 2008 by Henry.

Wes Lane, of Oklahoma City, former district attorney and president of the Burbridge Foundation, appointed Wednesday by Gov. Mary Fallin replacing the Rev. George Young Sr., of Oklahoma City, whose term expired in August.

Brad Yarbrough, of Oklahoma City, who operates Pilgrim Land Services, a staffing company that serves the energy industry, appointed Wednesday by Fallin replacing Robert Rawlings, who resigned. Fallin announced Yarbrough will be the commission's new chairman.


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