Doerflinger resigns from Dept. of Health, OMES amid domestic violence accusations

Preston Doerflinger. (KOKH)

The interim director of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Director of the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services has resigned amid accusations of domestic violence.

The OSDH Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Interim Director Preston Doerflinger, effective immediately. The resignation comes after reports from The Frontier that show in 2012 Doerflinger was accused of choking his now ex-wife. No charges were ever filed in the case.

Brian Downs will serve as new acting director of the agency. He currently serves as director of state and federal policy. OSDH will being searching for an interim commissioner immediately.

“We have a dedicated leadership team that is committed to get OSDH back on sound financial footing,” Downs said. “Our entire organization remains focused on protecting the health of all Oklahomans and restoring confidence in this agency.”

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is currently the focus of federal and state investigations into the mismanagement of funds.

Doerflinger has also resigned from his position as director of the OMES and as Secretary of Finance in Governor Mary Fallin's Cabinet.

Governor Mary Fallin said that she was unaware of Doerflinger's personal situation.

"Mrs. Doerflinger did not contact my office about this matter. I take domestic violence very seriously, but I will take Mrs. Doerflinger at her word that this matter was not a case of domestic violence. I respect Preston’s decision to move on from his government service, and wish him and his family the best.” Fallin said.

Fallin also stated that she appreciates Doerflinger's service to the state.

“Preston has played a critical role in state government, serving as director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, and Cabinet secretary of finance, administration and information technology." Fallin said.

In 2015, Doerflinger pleaded no contest to driving while under the influence of alcohol.

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