Head of Oklahoma Employment Security Commission resigns

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TULSA, Okla. — Friday the executive director of the Oklahoma Unemployment Security Commission resigned.

Robin Roberson submitted her resignation after the commission notified her that they would likely replace her next week, Roberson told FOX23 News.

The commission met in executive session Friday to discuss the executive director role, Roberson said.

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"I respect the decision of the commission,” Roberson said.

Roberson, who has been executive director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission since February, said she wanted the change to be easy for the rest of the staff which is why she resigned instead of waiting for next week.

“Robin has been a leader in commerce, community and now state government," OESC Board Chair David Reid said in a statement. “Her insights and business acumen have been a positive addition to the commission.”

Roberson said the commission was concerned about fraud and all the difficulties with unemployment insurance caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Although my tenure was extremely short and through a historic crisis, I feel blessed to have served the citizens and employees of OESC," Roberson said in her resignation letter.

Commissioners met Friday in executive session to talk about hiring a new director.

The Governor’s office told FOX23 it doesn’t have administrative powers over the OESC. It can recommend an executive director, but not appoint one.

It told FOX23 the Office of Management and Enterprise Services is now taking over all IT for the unemployment website system.

Governor Stitt released this statement:"I want to thank Robin Roberson for her service during these unprecedented times. Oklahomans have the expectation that state services will be available when they need them the most. I have confidence that the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will identify the right leader to quickly get to the bottom of the issues caused by this pandemic and continue modernize the system as we move forward.”

Board chair David Reed released this statement: “On behalf of the commissioners of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, I would like to thank Robin Roberson for her service to the commission over the past few months. Robin has been a leader in commerce, community and now state government. Her insights and business acumen have been a positive addition to the commission. We wish her well and look forward to all the great things she will accomplish in the future! Thank you again, Robin, for your service to our state.”

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