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Thu September 8, 2011

New Commissioners Named

Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin taps 2 for Okla. Human Services Commission

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has named a former prosecutor and an Oklahoma City businessman to the commission that oversees the Department of Human Services.

Fallin on Wednesday announced that former Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane and Oklahoma City businessman Brad Yarbrough will serve on the panel.

The 56-year-old Lane will serve a nine-year term and replace Dr. George Young, whose term expired.

The 57-year-old Yarbrough, a longtime energy industry businessman and entrepreneur, will serve a five-year term, replacing Bob Rawlings, who resigned.

DHS has come under fire recently for its handling of the case of 5-year-old Serenity Deal, who died June 4 after she was placed in the custody of her father at the recommendation of DHS workers in Pottawatomie County.

Senate confirmation is not required for either appointment.