Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: July 3, 2008
Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Sen. Harry Coates
Senators Critical of Construction Board
State Senators Debbe
Leftwich and Harry
Coates on Thursday criticized the Construction Industries Board’s
(CIB) recent hiring of an interim director. As co-chairs of the
Senate Business and Labor committee, the legislators said it’s
time for the CIB to quit stalling and hire a permanent director.
“The Board has had months to fill this position and it makes
no sense for them to hire an interim director when they’ve
had so many good applicants,” said Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City.
“It’s my understanding that they were looking at applicants
from out-of-state when there are qualified candidates that live
The CIB has been accepting applications for the position for at
least four months.
“This agency is too important not to have a permanent director.
They’ve already gone without one for too long,” said
Coates, R-Seminole. “Further delaying hiring a director only
diminishes this agency’s ability to deal with the many issues
concerning construction around the state.”
The legislators were also frustrated with the fact that the person
hired, Jerry Regier, has already resigned from two state agency
positions in Oklahoma and Florida for ethical impropriety.
“This agency is acting like a typical bureaucracy, which has
lost its focus and is becoming derelict in performing its duties,”
“Taxpayers are fed up with with agency directors who are not
operating in an ethical manner,” said Coates. “Therefore,
hiring someone with a questionable background is extremely irresponsible.”
For more information
Sen. Leftwich's Office: (405) 521-5557
Sen. Coates' Office: (405) 521-5547