ADA — Lynn Loftin gave Pontotoc County Commissioners his resignation Monday as Pontotoc County Clerk effective April 23.

“I am very grateful for the tremendous opportunity and responsibility to serve as Pontotoc County Clerk since January 1993,” Loftin said. “During that time I was blessed with great co-workers and employees. I still love county government and believe it to be the very best value for the taxpayers in the United States. Thank you all for allowing me to be a fellow servant of the caring people of Pontotoc County.” Loftin will be taking a position of comptroller with East Central University.

Commissioners reluctantly voted to accept Loftin’s resignation and appointed Pam Walker to fill the unexpired term of county clerk.

The county election board was approved $1,500 in additional funding to carry out business for the remainder of the year.

Ben Graves and Brent Clark, Architects in Partnership, addressed commissioners concerning jail issues they felt were misrepresented to the press in recent days. Ken Johnson, Ada attorney, was appointed official spokesman concerning the Pontotoc County jail issues.

“Since October 2005 the Pontotoc County Commissioners have been working in conjunction with a select committee to review viable solutions to solve the county jail and court house problems,” Johnson said. “On March 6 the State Health Department filed an administrative action against Pontotoc County citing numerous violations of the Oklahoma Jail Standards.

“An administrative hearing will be held April 18 in Oklahoma City and the administrative judge will make a determination as to what action should be taken based upon the facts presented. The county could be subject to fine, penalties and /or jail closing proceedings.”

Commissioners retained design, legal and financial consultants April 3 to assist a committee and commissioners with the county jail and court house problems. According to Johnson, commissioners anticipate design features, project costs and funding sources will be selected in the weeks following the administrative hearing. Upon finalization of the proposed plan and approval by commissioners and the select commitee, an election date will be set to submit the required propositions to the voters.