Published February 11, 2016 by Rick Green (NewOK)
Gov. Mary Fallin’s legal counsel Steve Mullins, who testified before a state grand jury investigating an execution drug mix-up, resigned Thursday.
Mullins has served as the governor’s general counsel since February 2012.
His last day in the governor’s office will be Feb. 29.
In his resignation letter, Mullins praised Fallin, saying she had a “heart for God and the people of Oklahoma.”
He said he greatly enjoyed his job: “Each day was a wonderful adventure.”
“However, at a time when the state is facing tough financial decisions, I know that the office needs to eliminate personnel costs in the upcoming budget.
“I have also been advised by my doctor that I need to better control the stress in my life.”
He said he was taking “a voluntary buyout.”
Fallin said he served well.
“I appreciate Steve’s advice, loyalty and professionalism during the time he has served as my general counsel. He has served the state and my office well. I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” she said.
No further details were released.
Mullins becomes the third person who testified before the grand jury in October to step down from state employment.
The resignation comes a month before the grand jury is expected to release its findings regarding the execution drug mix-up.
Robert Patton, director of the state Corrections Department, resigned in December.
Oklahoma State Penitentiary Warden Anita Trammell testified before the grand jury on Oct. 20 and retired a week later. She was warden at the prison during all executions there under Patton’s tenure.Follow @FortySixNews