Wednesday, February 28, 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced she has selected Oklahoma Tax Commissioner Clark Jolley to serve on her executive Cabinet as secretary of finance, administration and information technology.
Jolley, of Edmond, is vice chairman of the Tax Commission and a former state senator. His appointment requires Senate confirmation. He succeeds Preston Doerflinger, who resigned last month.
As secretary of finance, information and technology, Jolley will be responsible for advising the governor on fiscal policies.
Jolley served in the state Senate from 2004 until 2016, the last five years as chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. He could not seek re-election because of 12-year legislative term limits. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Christian University and Mid-America Christian University.
“Clark Jolley has a thorough understanding of state government finances and our state’s budget structure,” said Fallin. “Clark works hard to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. As a member of my Cabinet, Clark will assist in addressing structural deficiencies within the budget-making process and working on common-sense reforms to provide stability and create efficiencies to save taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.”
Jolley earned two degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University, a law degree from the University of Oklahoma, and a certificate in public treasury management from the National Institute of Public Finance at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.
"I appreciate the governor’s confidence in me to serve as a member of her Cabinet,” Jolley said. “I consider it an honor to serve the people of Oklahoma, and I look forward to expanding my role in working to improve our great state.”
He and his family make their home in Edmond, where his children attend Edmond Public Schools.