“State Budget Crisis”
Preston L. Doerflinger
Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology
Director, Office of Management and Enterprise Services
Doerflinger was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin on January 19, 2011. He also serves as director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES), the state’s central finance and operations agency.
Prior to his state appointment, Doerflinger founded and served as chief executive officer of PLD Management, a business consulting and investment firm, in addition to founding several health care and supply companies. In 2009, he was elected city auditor of Tulsa. He received a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Southern Nazarene University.
Since joining the Fallin administration, Doerflinger has become known as the governor’s chief problem solver and a leader of her efforts to modernize state government. He is also the governor’s lead budget negotiator with the Legislature.
As director of OMES, Doerflinger is the state’s chief non-elected finance, administrative and operations officer. Doerflinger’s cabinet duties were expanded in summer 2013 under the new cabinet position of secretary of finance, administration and information technology that reflects the widened responsibilities assigned to OMES through major consolidation initiatives in 2011 and 2012.
Between March and November of 2012, Doerflinger served as interim director of the Department of Human Services, the largest state agency. At DHS, Doerflinger was instrumental in implementing the beginning stages of the Pinnacle Plan, the largest child welfare reform in recent state history.
Chair of the Day
Cathy O’Connor has been instrumental in furthering development downtown, helping to ensure the success of the MAPS 3 projects and promoting job creation. She was the point person on the team that worked with GE to locate their global energy research facility, and the Boeing Aircraft Modernization and Sustainment division in Oklahoma City. Committed to the redevelopment of distressed areas, she led the efforts to create the NE Renaissance Urban Renewal Area and tax increment finance district and the Core to Shore tax increment finance district.
Prior to becoming president of the Alliance, Ms. O’Connor worked for the City of Oklahoma City for nearly 30 years, most recently serving as an assistant city manager. She is active in a variety of economic and community organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for United Way of Central Oklahoma, Commercial Real Estate Women of Oklahoma City, the Beacon Club and Historic Preservation Inc. Ms. O’Connor is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City and Leadership Oklahoma.
Journal Record’s Oklahoma Woman of the Year
Stanley Draper Award for Community Excellence from Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.
Byliner Award for Economic Development from the Association of Women in Communications