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  • Child abuse counts pose puzzling contradiction

    Child abuse counts pose puzzling contradiction By Whitney Bryen
    Oklahoma Watch |
    Updated: Sun, Sep 29, 2019

    Each year, the Oklahoma agency that tracks and investigates abuse and neglect of children issues a detailed statistical report. Buried in all of the numbers is what appears to be a hopeful trend. During the past six years, the number of child abuse cases — the most severe form of child...

  • Many Oklahoma DHS employees to receive 13% pay raises

    Many Oklahoma DHS employees to receive 13% pay... By Carmen Forman
    Staff writer |
    Updated: Fri, Sep 13, 2019

    More than half of the employees at Oklahoma's Department of Human Services will receive 13% pay raises starting next month. Approximately 3,700, or 62%, of the agency's employees will receive pay raises as a result of the agency eliminating 400 funded but unfilled positions. New DHS Director...

  • Stitt taps OKC businessman to lead DHS

    Stitt taps OKC businessman to lead DHS By Carmen Forman
    Staff writer |
    Updated: Wed, Jun 5, 2019

    Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday picked the head of a senior living company to run the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Stitt hired Justin Brown, CEO of Villagio Senior Living, to run Oklahoma’s largest state agency, which assists many of the state’s most vulnerable populations. Brown, 40,...

  • Oklahoma Department of Human Services director replaced

    Oklahoma Department of Human Services director... By Nolan Clay
    Staff writer |
    Updated: Tue, Jun 4, 2019

    The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is getting a new director. Gov. Kevin Stitt is replacing Ed Lake, who held the job almost seven years, The Oklahoman learned Monday. The governor is expected to announce his choice Tuesday morning. Lake, now 70, made $185,000 a year at the agency...

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Nolan Clay

Sr. Reporter

Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversight and workers' compensation court. He is a proud father and longtime fan of University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU's football field.

Randy Ellis

Investigative Reporter

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two college presidents being sentenced to prison and a former chancellor being forced to resign. He has written about abuses of Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, corruption in the state's municipal bond industry, bid-rigging by county officials, self-dealing by state housing officials, misconduct involving state legislators and a variety of other topics. Ellis has won more than 80 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Prior to joining The Oklahoman in 1982, Ellis worked at Arkansas newspapers. He is a 1977 graduate of Kansas State University.

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