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The Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor is an elected position in the Oklahoma state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mark Costello. He was first elected in 2010 and assumed office on January 10, 2011.

Authority

The office of the Oklahoma labor commissioner is established in Section 1, Article 6 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Article VI, Section 1:

A. The Executive authority of the state shall be vested in a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Insurance and other officers provided by law and this Constitution, each of whom shall keep his office and public records, books and papers at the seat of government, and shall perform such duties as may be designated in this Constitution or prescribed by law.

B. The Secretary of State shall be appointed by the Governor by and with the consent of the Senate for a term of four (4) years to run concurrently with the term of the Governor.

Qualifications

Elections

The Oklahoma State Auditor is elected every years, in mid-term elections. The position is elected in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018.

On March 14, 2011, the Oklahoma State Senate approved a bill that would give the governor the power to appoint 7 of the 11 statewide elected officials, including the labor commissioner. The Senate would have to confirm all appointments. Voters will decide whether to approve the measure.[1]

Term limits

No person may serve as the Oklahoma labor commissioner for more than 8 years, excluding years served for less than a full term to fill a vacancy in the office.[2]

Vacancies

Under Article 6, Section 13 of the state constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office the governor appoints a person to serve until a successor is either elected or appointed and qualified by law.

Duties

Divisions

  • Administration
  • Asbestos Abatement Division
  • Child Labor Unit
  • Licensing Unit
  • PEOSH Unit
  • Safety Pays OSHA Consultation Division
  • Safety Standards Division
  • Statistical Research Unit
  • Wage & Hour Unit
  • Workers' Compensation Enforcement Unit

Compensation

In 2010, the Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction was paid an estimated $105,053 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Contact information

See also

External links

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