Wednesday, October 7, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the appointment of Gary McDonald as administrator of the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board.
McDonald, of Yukon, begins his new duties immediately on an interim basis. His appointment requires Senate confirmation.
He replaces Bill Glass, who retired after serving 19 years as administrator of the board. The board regulates the liquid petroleum gas (LP gas) industry in the state and issues dealer and manager permits.
Fallin selected McDonald for the post from a list of nominees submitted by the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board, as required by state law.
Since 1988, McDonald has served as safety code enforcement officer for the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Administration. The staff of the LP gas administration is responsible for executing and enforcing laws relating to the handling, using, storing, selling, distributing, transporting and manufacturing of butane, propane, and other LP gases as well as ensure LP gas systems are installed in compliance with rules set forth by the Oklahoma Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board.
Before being employed by the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Administration, he worked nearly 20 years for several oilfield-related companies.
“Gary McDonald is an expert on the LP gas industry who will bring a fresh perspective and energy to the board,” said Fallin. “I know Greg is excited to pursue improvements that increase efficiency and allow the board to better serve the industry and the public.”
McDonald said he plans to move the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Board from a paper-based system to an electronic system.
“This would include all permit applications and renewals, all permit testing, all truck and storage inspections and other data as needed,” he said.
He also wants to develop specific times and places for permit testing to save mileage, time and expense. Other plans include creating a website for the agency.