Oklahoma DHS plans to hire search firm to help find new director
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will hire a professional executive personnel search firm to identify qualified candidates for the director's job.
DHS commissioners are renewing their search for a new director.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services this time will hire a professional executive personnel search firm to identify qualified candidates for the job, commissioners said Tuesday.
The agency had conducted the first search on its own. It got more than 50 applicants.
Commissioners narrowed that group to two, Eric Bost, a former U.S. ambassador to South Africa, and Ed Lake, a retired deputy commissioner of the Department of Human Services in Tennessee.
Commissioners and Gov. Mary Fallin interviewed the men earlier this month. Both apparently are still being seriously considered for the job.
The commissioners originally had hoped to have chosen a new director by July 1. That goal seems unlikely now that a new search will be conducted.
Commissioners are seeking a successor to Howard Hendrick, who retired this year after more than 13 years as director.
The director is the top job at Oklahoma's largest agency. The director is in charge of more than 7,000 employees and a budget of more than $2 billion.
Eight companies have already sent in bids to do the search. One could be hired in a couple of weeks.