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Stitt taps former company exec to serve as Oklahoma’s COO

July 13, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Aug 14, 2019 file photo, Steven Harpe, then chair of the Oklahoma Board of Corrections, speaks during a board meeting in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has named Harpe to serve as the state's chief operating officer. Stitt said in a statement that Harpe will continue in his current role as director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and as deputy secretary of digital transformation and administration. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
FILE - In this Aug 14, 2019 file photo, Steven Harpe, then chair of the Oklahoma Board of Corrections, speaks during a board meeting in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has named Harpe to serve as the state's chief operating officer. Stitt said in a statement that Harpe will continue in his current role as director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and as deputy secretary of digital transformation and administration. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he’s named an executive from his former company to serve as the state’s chief operating officer.

Steven Harpe, who previously worked as chief information officer at Stitt’s Gateway Mortgage Group, will continue in his current role as director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services and as deputy secretary of digital transformation and administration.

As COO, Harpe replaces John Budd, a former Sonic Corp. executive who stepped down from his role as Stitt’s COO earlier this month.

Since joining Stitt’s administration, Harpe has worked as deputy director at OMES and also served on the Board of Corrections.

Stitt created the position of chief operating officer after taking office in 2019.