The Oklahoma State Department of Health is looking for a new interim commissioner after Preston Doerflinger abruptly resigned Tuesday.
The Board of Health voted unanimously to accept Doerflinger’s resignation, which came one day after allegations of a 2012 domestic dispute were reported by The Frontier.
Doerflinger became interim commissioner at the health department after previous Commissioner Terry Cline and other top leaders resigned amid financial turmoil at the end of October.
After accepting Doerflinger’s resignation, the board appointed Brian Downs as acting commissioner until a new interim commissioner can be found. Downs was most recently the department’s head of state and federal policy.