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Oklahoma's mental health commissioner announces resignation

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Terri White, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner, answers a question during a news conference In Norman, Okla. White, Oklahoma's long serving mental health commissioner announced her resignation on Tuesday and says her last day on the job will be Feb. 1. White didn't say why she was stepping down in a statement released by the agency. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Terri White, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner, answers a question during a news conference In Norman, Okla. White, Oklahoma's long serving mental health commissioner announced her resignation on Tuesday and says her last day on the job will be Feb. 1. White didn't say why she was stepping down in a statement released by the agency. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's long-serving mental health commissioner announced her resignation Tuesday, saying her last day in office will be Feb. 1.

Oklahoma State Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Terri White didn't say why she was stepping down in a statement released by the agency.

Under a bill approved by the Legislature last year, the state's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt will have the authority to name her replacement. Previously, the commissioner was selected by the agency's governing board.

Carrie Slatton-Hodges, the agency's deputy commissioner of treatment and recovery services, will take over as interim director when White steps down.

White is the longest-serving current commissioner of mental health in the country, according to the agency. She also was the first woman to serve as Oklahoma's secretary of health, holding that position under then-Gov. Brad Henry from 2009 to 2011.

She also was a key witness during Oklahoma's landmark opioid trial against drug manufacturers last summer.

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