State health commissioner steps down | Local News

Stitt said he was grateful to Frye for his service, adding that he provided steady leadership. Frye has positioned the agency well to continue to manage COVID-19 effectively, the governor said.

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Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed was tapped as interim commissioner while a search is conducted for a replacement.

At least two other high-profile Oklahoma State Department of Health employees also recently left the agency.

Jennifer Lepard has resigned as chief operating officer. She has accepted a job as chief of health, wellness and community partnerships with the Oklahoma State Department of Education, according to the agency.

The post is a new position. She will be paid $120,000 under a federal grant, according to an agency spokesman. She will start in November.

Lepard could not immediately be reached for comment.

State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has announced she changed parties to Democrat from Republican and will run against Stitt.

Three weeks ago, Kathie A. Darr was hired to work for House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka.

Darr is the former Oklahoma State Department of Health legislative liaison. Her services with the agency ended Thursday, according to a filing with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

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