The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has made an offer to their first and only candidate for commission director.
The OKDHS voted Wednesday to offer Edward Lake the director position.
Lake, a retired deputy commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, "indicated to the [OKDHS] that he wanted to take some time to consider the offer and discuss it with his family before making a final decision," according to a department press release.
Lake has until 5 p.m. Monday to accept. If he accepts, Lake would be slated to start Nov. 1.
The commission has been without a permanent head since Howard Hendrick retired in March after 14 years as DHS director.
If Lake decides to take the job, he would sit atop an agency that has come under fire in recent years following the deaths of children in state custody.
DHS also recently settled a federal class action lawsuit over alleged maltreatment of children in state care.
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