“It's just a small agency,” she said. “So much of our work has to do with legal issues and understanding the law and interpreting laws. We really felt like we needed more than one attorney.”
It's possible an unsuccessful applicant for executive director might also be considered for the general counsel post, she said.
A large majority of applicants for both positions was from Oklahoma, Pettigrew said.
She said commissioners were pleased with the applicants for the agency, which writes civil penalty rules governing state campaigns and the conduct of state officers and employees.
“Absolutely outstanding people,” Pettigrew said. “We're very comfortable with the ones we selected.”
Hughes' annual salary is $120,000, and Adams' annual pay is $112,500. Commissioners earlier set the pay range for executive director at $100,000 to $120,000 annually; the general counsel post's pay range was set at $92,500 to $112,500.
The agency likely will be down to two employees Dec. 1. Its longtime investigator, Darey Roberts, is retiring Nov. 30.