Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: July 11, 2008
Sen. Debbe Leftwich
Sen. Harry Coates
Legislators Call on Board to Remove Regier
State Senators Debbe
Leftwich and Harry
Coates called on the Construction Industries Board (CIB) to
remove Jerry Regier as the agency's Interim Director. Regier was
hired last week - a move the two legislators believe to be pointless.
"Senator Coates and I are adamantly opposed to the board
hiring an interim director. There is no logical reason why they
shouldn't have hired a permanent director. They're wasting time
and money," said Leftwich, D-Oklahoma City. "We believe
the board made an interim position to help Regier, a former CIB
director, start drawing state retirement. That's unfair to the other
applicants, and it wasn't a responsible move by the board.”
According to the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS),
Regier would not be eligible for state retirement without getting
back on the state payroll. According to records, he requested a
retirement calculation from OPERS on June 25 and was then hired
by CIB on June 30.
"I'm so sick of the good 'ole boy system. This is a clear
case of an agency losing sight of their responsibilities and bending
the rules to help a friend. They wasted several months only to hire
someone who will be there temporarily and then they'll have to go
through the whole hiring process again and train a new person,"
said Coates, R-Seminole. "As a taxpayer, I'm sick of all the
unscrupulous actions of state officials who do things such as this
to help their friends. We have to do what we can to rid our state
government of inefficient practices and this is a blatant example
of one. It's just not acceptable."
If Regier had not been put back on the state payroll, he would
have only been eligible to receive his personal contributions into
the state retirement system. By CIB hiring Regier, they have unnecessarily
cost the taxpayers an additional minimum of $1,236 per month to
fund his retirement.
The board will next meet on July 17, and Senators Leftwich and
Coates strongly urge them to hire a permanent director from their
list of local qualified applicants.
For more information
Sen. Leftwich's Office: (405) 521-5557
Sen. Coates' Office: (405) 521-5547