Gov. Stitt Expected To Announce Interim Commission Of Health

Friday, May 22nd 2020, 6:15 am

Governor Kevin Stitt is expected to announce the new interim Commissioner of Health at the state capitol.

This comes after the Oklahoma Senate did not confirm the current health commissioner, Gary Cox, because of qualification and management concerns.

While Cox does have multiple years experience and has worked through the pandemic, some senators have their concerns.

They're concerned about a current audit request by the Attorney General's office, and the fact that Cox doesn't have a Master of Science degree.

Governor Stitt says the decision to not appoint Cox is disappointing.

He's frustrated that in the midst of a pandemic, he has to find another agency head while trying to deal with COVID-19.

The governor is expected to make the announcement at 9 Friday morning.