Nearly a year after she was appointed to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Patrice Douglas is poised to take over as chairwoman of the regulatory agency.
Douglas was elected unanimously to the post Monday, succeeding Dana Murphy at the head of the three-person commission.
Douglas will assume her new role Aug. 1.
Douglas, an attorney, banker and former Edmond mayor, said she was honored to become the lead member of the commission.
“It's a vote of confidence” from the other two members, she said.
Douglas said her goal is to use her private sector experience to develop an agencywide strategic plan for the commission.
She also intends to concentrate on addressing the needs of the commission's transportation division, much like Murphy has done with the oil and natural gas division.
Murphy spent about nine months working on a proposal that overhauled the state's oil and gas laws to fit the industry's technological advances. The reform measure was approved by lawmakers earlier this year.
Murphy said she appreciated the efforts of commission staff during her tenure as chairwoman, which she termed a “difficult time” because both Douglas and Commissioner Bob Anthony faced re-election this year.
Douglas earned the right to continue serving the unexpired term of former Commissioner Jeff Cloud when no one else filed for the position in April, while Anthony defeated former commission employee Brooks Mitchell in last month's Republic primary.
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