State official Preston Doerflinger steps down after domestic violence allegations surface
From Tulsa World and Oklahoman Staff
Preston Doerflinger resigned from the governor’s Cabinet and as interim director of the state Health Department on Tuesday after 2012 police reports surfaced alleging that he committed domestic violence against his then-wife.
The state Board of Health accepted Doerflinger’s immediate resignation Tuesday afternoon after an executive session. Gov. Mary Fallin put out a statement later Tuesday acknowledging that Doerflinger also had resigned as her as Cabinet secretary of finance, administration and information technology.
The Frontier, a Tulsa website, reported on Monday that Tulsa police responded to a 911 call hang up at Doerflinger’s house in 2012, where Doerflinger’s then-wife said he had choked her twice during an argument. She decided not to pursue charges.
“I was unaware of the personal situation involving Preston and his ex-wife almost six years ago,” Fallin said in a prepared statement on Doerflinger’s resignation. “Mrs. Doerflinger did not contact my office about this matter. I take domestic violence very seriously, but I will take Mrs. Doerflinger at her word that this matter was not a case of domestic violence. I respect Preston’s decision to move on from his government service, and wish him and his family the best.”