Oklahoma DHS director applicant interviewed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's Commission on Human Services is meeting with a retired Tennessee official as the commission searches for a new director of the Department of Human Services.

Retired Tennessee DHS deputy Commissioner Ed Lake met with the commission -- which oversees DHS -- in executive session on Wednesday.

An agency spokeswoman says Lake met earlier Wednesday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.

Commissioners are searching for a successor to Howard Hendrick who retired in March after 14 years as head of DHS.

The new director will take over an agency that has come under fire in recent years following the deaths of some children who were in state custody.

DHS also recently settled a federal class action lawsuit over alleged maltreatment of children in state care.

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