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Oklahoma Ethics Commission hires general counsel

The assistant general counsel for the Oklahoma Bar Association will join the state agency.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Published: January 31, 2013

The assistant general counsel for the Oklahoma Bar Association will be the top attorney for the state Ethics Commission.

Commissioners voted 5-0 on Wednesday to hire Debbie Maddox as the agency's general counsel.

Maddox, of Oklahoma City, will succeed Rebecca Adams, who held the post 21 years until she left the agency in November. Maddox, who will start her new duties in about two weeks, will be paid an annual salary of $96,000.

She is the daughter of former state Sen. Jim Maddox, a Democrat from Lawton, who last served in the Legislature in 2004. He had to step down because of 12-year legislative term limits.

Commissioners were unaware of her relationship with the former lawmaker until after she was hired, commission Chairman Jo Pettigrew said.

Maddox, 49, practiced criminal and family law in a private practice in Norman before going to the Oklahoma Bar Association in 2009. Before that, she was a lawyer with the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System's Capital Trial Division for 11 years.

She was among six finalists and more than 50 candidates who applied for the post, Pettigrew said.

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