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Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs director to resign

The executive director of Oklahoma's Office of Juvenile Affairs plans to step down.

Steve Buck, who also serves as Gov. Kevin Stitt's secretary of human services and early childhood development, announced Thursday he accepted a private-sector job and will resign from both positions.

“I enjoyed working on behalf of the governor to improve collaboration between state agencies, nonprofit organizations and other partners to improve the social, emotional and physical well-being of our young children and full-life engagement for others," he said. "I am optimistic the healthy development, education, employment preparation and productive community engagement for our young people will continue to be a priority of the governor.”

Buck was appointed to lead the state agency in 2016 and was reappointed by Stitt. Prior to that, Buck served for nine years at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services under Terri White, who recently announced her departure from the agency. Buck also worked for the National Alliance on Mental Health for a decade.

Buck will join Care Providers Oklahoma, which represents the interests Oklahomans who live and work in long-term care facilities, as president and executive director.

“Secretary Buck has been a dedicated public servant for the State of Oklahoma for 13 years,” Stitt said. “His wisdom and input as my secretary of human services and early childhood initiatives has been invaluable as we work to move the needle in the overall well-being of Oklahomans."

Buck's resignation takes effect March 6.

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