Oklahoma governor names interim secretary of state

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday named Assistant Secretary of State Michelle Day to succeed Glenn Coffee. Day begins her new duties Friday.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: January 31, 2013 at 9:38 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013
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Gov. Mary Fallin has given herself more time to appoint a secretary of state.

The governor on Thursday named Assistant Secretary of State Michelle Day to succeed Glenn Coffee. Day begins her new duties Friday.

Fallin intends to name a permanent secretary of state before the legislative session ends in late May, said Alex Weintz, the governor's communications director.

“The governor is talking to several different candidates,” he said.

Fallin was required to fill the post before Coffee left. His last day was Thursday.

“Michelle Day has done an outstanding job running the daily operations of the secretary of state's office,” Fallin said. “Her appointment as secretary of state on an interim basis will ensure continuity of services in that department while we search for a permanent replacement for Glenn Coffee.”

The secretary of state appointment needs Senate confirmation. If Fallin doesn't name a permanent secretary of state before the session ends, she will have to name a different interim secretary of state, he said.

While she serves as interim secretary of state, Day's salary will be based on the position's annual salary of $88,036, Weintz said.

Preston Doerflinger, director of the state Office of Management and Enterprises Services and serves on Fallin's Cabinet as finance secretary, has taken over Coffee's duties as chief budget negotiator with lawmakers, Weintz said.

Day, 50, has worked as assistant secretary of state since January 2011. Before that she worked as deputy state auditor and general counsel for the state auditor and inspector's office and as an assistant Oklahoma County district attorney.

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The office of the secretary of state serves as a registry of Oklahoma's official documents, filing and certifying executive orders, appointments and proclamations as well as publishing new statutes. The secretary of state also serves on the governor's Cabinet.

Michelle Day has done an outstanding job running the daily operations of the secretary of state's office. Her appointment as secretary of state on an interim basis will ensure continuity of services in that department while we search for a permanent replacement for Glenn Coffee.”

Gov. Mary Fallin,

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