Stitt replaces director of Oklahoma’s human services agency

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed an Oklahoma City businessman with a background in health care, finance, and senior living to head up the state’s Department of Human Services.

Stitt announced Tuesday his appointment of Justin Brown as director of DHS, the state’s largest agency with about 6,000 employees.

Brown has been chief executive officer since 2008 of Choice Capital Partners, an investment company that owns senior living facilities in three states. Stitt says Brown has stepped down from that position but will continue to serve in an advisory role on the company’s board of directors.

Brown replaces Ed Lake, who has headed the agency for seven years.

Lake said in a statement he was disappointed with Stitt’s decision to replace him but proud of the work he accomplished.

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