OCPA statement on Kevin Stitt inauguration
After Kevin Stitt was inaugurated as the 28th Governor of the State of Oklahoma, Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), released the following statement:
“Congratulations to Governor Stitt, his family, and his staff. OCPA looks forward to working with the new governor and his team to build a more prosperous Oklahoma.
“A strong majority of Oklahomans elected Governor Stitt because they want a state government that works. Today, Oklahoma’s executive branch is fractured and fragmented. Often, the buck stops nowhere.
“OCPA looks forward to working with the Legislature and Governor Stitt to give the governor the power to hire and fire agency leadership in order to create clear lines of authority and responsibility. We should reduce the number of independently elected executive branch officials, reduce the number of executive branch officials who are appointed by someone other than the governor, and eliminate unnecessary boards and commissions. These changes would make state agencies not just more efficient, but also more effective.”