Stitt taps politicos for top staff positions
by BEN FELDER
A former U.S. Senate staffer and former state representative will fill two of the top positions in Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt’s new administration, surrounding a first-time governor with a combination of federal, state and even municipal political experience.
Michael Junk, Tulsa’s deputy mayor and a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe and former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, will serve as chief of staff for Stitt, who officially takes office in January.
Former state Rep. Michael Rogers, a Broken Arrow Republican who was chair of the House education committee, will serve as Stitt’s secretary of state.
Sources confirmed the hires on Monday and the Stitt transition office is expected to formally announce Junk and Rogers on Tuesday.
Donelle Harder, a spokeswoman during Stitt’s campaign, will also be named deputy secretary of state.