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Stitt moves forward with reappointing Rhoades


Gov. Kevin Stitt is moving forward with his reappointment of Rusty Rhoades as the Commissioner of Public Safety following the conclusion of an investigation by the state attorney general.

The investigation centered on a captain with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol accused of trying to blackmail Rhoades to get a promotion. Capt. Troy German was indicted last week by the multi-county grand jury on a charge of blackmail.

Rhoades, 51, of Choctaw, was appointed commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety in 2017. Stitt, who announced in December that Rhoades would be reappointed, paused the reappointment during the investigation. Attorney General Mike Hunter recently completed his investigation and Stitt said Friday he is sticking with Rhoades.

“I appreciate the diligent investigation that the attorney general’s office conducted and the thorough cooperation of Rusty Rhoades and his staff,” said Stitt. “Rusty told me he is committed to implementing the recommendations from the attorney general’s office, and I appreciate his transparency and professionalism during this process.”

Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›