Health Commissioner Doerflinger resigns
Preston Doerflinger, who has served as interim commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health since October, resigned Tuesday afternoon following media reports of domestic violence.
The board of the Oklahoma State Department of Health had met Tuesday afternoon to discuss Doerflinger's future with the agency.
The board went into executive session at about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday to discuss Doerflinger's employment. The board’s attorney noted that the board had received information about Doerflinger in the past 24 hours, which may have been a reference to media reports of domestic violence.
A Tulsa media outlet reported Monday that Tulsa police responded to a domestic violence call at Doerflinger’s house in 2012, where Doerflinger’s then-wife said, he had choked her twice during an argument. The victim decided not to pursue charges.
Doerflinger previously headed the Office of Management and Enterprise Services before Gov. Mary Fallin appointed him to replace former commissioner Terry Cline. Cline and other top officials at the health department resigned after reports the department overspent its budget for years and shifted money to cover the problem.
This story will be updated.