President Pro Tempore
Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 8, 2019
confirms Steven Buck as OJA director
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Steven Buck of Oklahoma
City as the executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Buck is the first agency director confirmed by the Senate under the
terms of new laws that give the governor the ability to hire and fire
the heads of OJA and four other top state agencies.
“Oklahoma has come a long way in improving the care and treatment
of children in state custody thanks to the work of leaders like Steven
Buck. He’s proven himself an honest and dedicated public servant
as director of OJA the past few years and I know he’ll continue
to do an excellent job in that capacity moving forward. Steven Buck
is a great partner for policymakers and I look forward to working
with him to continuing to ensure the children in custody get the care
and treatment they need to acclimate and become productive members
of society,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg
Treat, R-Oklahoma City.
Buck was nominated for reappointment as director of OJA by Governor
Kevin Stitt earlier this month. He also was named cabinet secretary
of human services and early childhood initiatives by the governor.
“Steven Buck has had a long and distinguished career advocating
for the treatment and care of some of our state’s most vulnerable
citizens. He’s done a great job already at OJA and I know he’ll
keep moving that agency in the right direction,” said Senator
Jason Smalley, R-Stroud and chair of the Senate Health and Human Services
On Wednesday, the Senate also confirmed Jerome Loughridge of Oklahoma
City as the governor’s cabinet secretary of health and mental
For more information, contact:
Sen. Treat: (405) 521-5565