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OESC Names Claudia Conner Chief of Staff

Monday, August 03, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) has named Claudia Conner as chief of staff. With more than 15 years of state government and legal experience, Conner will join OESC on Monday, Aug. 3. 

As chief of staff, Conner oversees the daily management of OESC operations providing leadership to achieve the organization’s goals and coordinate activities within all departments, projects and initiatives. 

“I am very excited to bring in Claudia as a trusted advisor and leader for OESC staff,” said OESC Interim Executive Director Shelley Zumwalt. “Her legal experience will help increase efficiencies and compliance with applicable laws while her experience in state government will help maintain a positive organizational culture that values integrity, strong work ethic, problem solving, excellence, resilience, creativity and community inclusion, both internally and externally.”

Most recently, Conner served as municipal counselor at the City of Bethany where she drafted laws and legal memorandum regarding city issues and advised the mayor and city council on legal issues. She was also deputy director, general counsel at the Oklahoma Department of Tourism & Recreation and general counsel of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. 

Conner spent seven years as assistant attorney general acting as the chief legal counsel for the agency of approximately 600 employees across the state. While there, she addressed worker’s compensation issues and instituted changes, which resulted in savings to the agency. 

Conner received her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. Just after law school, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals where she researched and prepared legal opinions on varied civil issues.