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State pharmacy board hires interim executive director

The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy has hired Dorothy Gourley of Ardmore to serve as the agency's interim executive director.

Gourley replaces Chelsea Church, who was fired as executive director on July 25. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into whether Church offered a bribe — a higher paying job — to a state Health Department lawyer in an attempt to influence the department to adopt a rule that would require marijuana dispensaries to hire pharmacists.

Gourley, the new interim executive director, previously served as a consulting pharmacist to rural hospitals, as well as independent and chain pharmacies.

Gourley previously served as a member of the Pharmacy Board. She was first appointed to the board by Gov. Brad Henry in 2005 and reappointed in 2010.

Randy Ellis

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two... Read more ›