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Board of Pharmacy votes to fire executive director amid bribery allegations

Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Chelsea Church. (KOKH/FILE)

The executive director of the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy has been fired after allegations of bribery.

The board met in a special meeting Wednesday to discuss the employment status of Executive Director Chelsea Church. After meeting for approximately 30 minutes in executive session, the board came back and announced they had voted unanimously to fire Church.

Church is accused of trying to bribe former Oklahoma State Department of Health General Counsel Julie Ezell in the run-up to the Board of Health's implementation of the rules on medical marijuana. A series of text messages reportedly exchanged between Ezell and Church supports the accusations, according to the online news publication NonDoc.

The board will discuss appointing an interim director at their next scheduled meeting on August 8.

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