For Immediate Release – Contact Tony Sellars, 405-271-5601
The Oklahoma State Board of Health voted to accept the resignation of Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Interim Commission Preston Doerflinger during their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday. The resignation is effective immediately.
Brian Downs, OSDH Director of State and Federal Policy, was named acting commissioner by the board.
Following the vote, board president Martha Burger stated that an immediate search for an interim commissioner would begin. “Hopefully we will have candidates ready to vet in 30 to 60 days and have an interim commissioner in place shortly after that time.”
Downs emphasized that OSDH has a strong leadership team in place that is committed to the agency reorganization currently underway.
“We have a dedicated leadership team that is committed to get OSDH back on sound financial footing,” said Downs. “Our entire organization remains focused on protecting the health of all Oklahomans and restoring confidence in this agency.”