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Oklahoma insurance commissioner names advisory panel after criticism

The new advisory board will help the Oklahoma Insurance Department develop strategy with the help of law enforcement, state lawmakers and other experts on everything from training to expenditures and case development.
BY BRIANNA BAILEY Published: January 26, 2013

“I think (Doak) is feeling the heat as the result of his missteps and feels there is strength in numbers,” Coates said.

Coates has criticized Doak and the Insurance Department for buying shotguns, body armor and vehicles outfitted with law-enforcement style equipment for the Anti-Fraud Unit.

“He wants to expand his department into some type of law enforcement agency when he's the insurance regulator,” Coates said. “I think he's gone off the deep end.”

Coates plans to introduce legislation in the Legislature next month to curb what he calls wasteful spending at the Insurance Department.

The bills include one that would ban state elected officials except the governor and lieutenant governor from chartering state aircraft.

The Anti-Fraud Unit advisory board will include: Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow; Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa; Rep. Mike Christian, R-Oklahoma City; Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw; Thom Parr, criminal justice professor at East Central University and CLEET instructor, Robert Scott, dean of College of Education and Technology at Fort Hays State University; Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin and Miami Chief of Police George Haralson.

The board will hold its first meeting later this year.


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