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Head Of Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Agency To Resign

Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission executive director Rick Farmer.

The head of the new Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission says he's planning to step down following a tumultuous year in which the three-member panel was found to have repeatedly violated the state's Open Meeting Act.

Commission Executive Director Rick Farmer announced in a statement Friday that he is resigning effective July 2 for a position in the private sector.

Farmer has served as the head of the commission since it was created in 2013 as an alternative to the state's Workers' Compensation Court.

Two of the agency's three commissioners also have announced plans to step down by the end of the month.

A review last year by the Attorney General's Office determined that the commission's violations of the state's Open Meeting Act was based on improper legal advice.

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