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Oklahoma governor shakes up top staff, cabinet positions

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is announcing a major shake-up among her senior staff and cabinet.

Fallin announced Monday that longtime chief of staff Denise Northrup is taking a newly created position as chief operations officer at the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Northrup will be replaced in Fallin’s office by Secretary of State Chris Benge, a former House speaker with a reputation as a consensus builder whom Fallin likely will use to help push her agenda through the Legislature.

Fallin also announced First Assistant Attorney General Mike Hunter will be secretary of state and special counsel to the governor, while Jennifer Chance becomes Fallin’s general counsel. Chance replaces Steve Mullins, who quit amid an investigation into a pair of flawed Oklahoma executions.

The changes will become effective Nov. 1.

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