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Stitt Taps Former Company Executive As Oklahoma COO

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he’s named an executive from his former company to serve as the state’s chief operating officer.

Steven Harpe, who previously worked as chief information officer at Stitt’s Gateway Mortgage Group, will continue in his current role as director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and as deputy secretary of digital transformation and administration.

As COO, Harpe replaces John Budd, a former Sonic Corp. executive who stepped down from his role as Stitt’s COO earlier this month.

Since joining Stitt’s administration, Harpe has worked as deputy director at OMES and also served on the Board of Corrections.

Stitt created the position of chief operating officer after taking office in 2019.

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