Ezell Named General Counsel for Health Department

As interim Health Commissioner Preston Doerflinger begins to untangle the mess at the Oklahoma Department of Health, he has named Julie Ezell as the agency’s General Counsel. A recent revelation of financial mismanagement has left the Health Department short on its budget by approximately $30 million. It also led to top officials resigning their posts and for Governor Fallin to appoint Doerflinger as interim Commissioner.

Ezell has been a practicing attorney for 11 years, ten of which have been with the State of Oklahoma. Her work history includes tenures at the Oklahoma Tax Commission, Commissioners of the Land Office, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and, most recently, serving in the dual role as General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director for the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System.

“Julie has proven through her work with the Commissioners of the Land Office and during her time at the Attorney General’s Office that she is uniquely qualified to help lead OSDH into the agency’s next phase,” said Doerflinger. “She has a proven track record of leading agencies during transitions and she will be an invaluable asset as we move the agency forward. I’m excited to have her on board as part of our team.”

Ezell will assume General Counsel duties immediately.

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