Oklahoma DHS Commission names new interim director

The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services on Wednesday appointed state Finance Director Preston Doerflinger to serve as interim director of the state Department of Human Services.
BY RANDY ELLIS rellis@opubco.com Modified: March 21, 2012 at 10:26 pm •  Published: March 21, 2012
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The Oklahoma Commission for Human Services on Wednesday appointed state Finance Director Preston Doerflinger to serve as interim director of the state Department of Human Services.

Doerflinger's appointment will become effective upon his resignation as director of the Office of State Finance. Doerflinger said he expects that to take place either Thursday or Friday, as soon as he ties up loose ends.

He will continue to serve on the governor's Cabinet as secretary of finance.

Doerflinger will replace Terri White as interim DHS director. White resigned the interim post Wednesday after questions arose as to whether her service violated a prohibition against dual state office holding, since White is also the commissioner for the state Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Officials said the law is silent on whether the prohibition applies when one of the positions is interim, but White decided to step down rather than risk legal problems.

White said she plans to continue to assist DHS during its transition.

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