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2 DHS Commissioners Resign from Posts

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two members of the commission that oversees the Oklahoma Department of Human Services have resigned from their posts.

Gov. Mary Fallin said she accepted the resignations Wednesday of Commissioners Steven Dow and Anne Roberts, both of whom were appointed by Fallin's predecessor Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat.

Dow's resignation comes after the Oklahoma Ethics Commission identified a conflict of interest over Dow's service as a commissioner and the director of the Community Action Project in Tulsa. Fallin says Roberts resigned to address a potential conflict regarding her employment with Integris Health.

Fallin thanked Roberts and Dow for their service and described both as "dedicated public servants."

Lawmakers are seeking a statewide vote in November on whether to abolish the Human Services Commission and replace it with four separate governor-appointed panels.