However, Slabotsky's work for the Realtors has kept her equally close to the commission over the years. As for the state code the agency administers and the rules and regulations it promulgates, she “helped write a lot of it and helped construct a lot of it,” Galbraith said.
Slabotsky will not have to learn the ropes or the staff or commissioners of the agency.
“The same people are in both places, just in different roles,” she said. “I'm very excited about working with the commission and looking forward to growing the industry and continuing to help consumers.”
The move leaves the Oklahoma Association of Realtors looking for someone new to send to the Capitol with the Legislature coming into session in less than a week, on Monday.
“The staff and members of the Oklahoma Association of Realtors are understandably sad to learn of Charla Slabotsky's departure after 16 years with us. However, this move provides a wonderful opportunity to work even more closely with the state licensing authority,” CEO Lisa Noon said.
For example, Noon said, the Realtors group has let the agency know it wants the continuing education requirements for real estate license holders scrutinized “so that we're providing classes that provide real value and real business knowledge to our members.”
“Charla's work with Realtors will give her great insight into this and much more in her new position,” Noon said.
Slabotsky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism/public relations from the University of Oklahoma in 1994 and a Master of Business Administration degree from OU in 2002. She and her husband, Jay, live in Oklahoma City with their daughter, Cate, and son, Adam.