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Stitt announces hiring of new chief of staff, policy advisor

August 13, 2020 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday the hiring of an Oklahoma City banker as his new chief of staff and a former state Senate leader as his chief policy advisor.

Stitt’s new chief of staff will be Bond Payne, the co-founder and chairman of Heritage Trust Co. Also joining the staff is former Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, who will serve as Stitt’s chief policy advisor.

A former longtime mayor of Sapulpa, Bingman served three terms as the Senate leader before stepping down in 2016 because of term limits.

“I am excited to use Senator Bingman’s vast experience to partner with the Legislature to make our state a better place to live and work for all 4 million Oklahomans,” Stitt said in a statement.

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Payne replaces Stitt’s former chief of staff Michael Junk, who announced his resignation last month. Payne also has served as vice chairman of Argent Financial Group in Oklahoma City and on Oklahoma City’s Bond Advisory Committee and Economic Development Trust.