Claremore Daily Progress

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February 12, 2013

New DHS director lays out plan for future

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

That’s why hiring more people is part of the Pinnacle Plan and will be a top priority for whatever funding the department gets this year, Lake said.

Funds likely will be tight. Lake said that when he arrived at the department, it gave him a list of needs that would have cost more than $150 million to address. Instead, Gov. Mary Fallin allocated only an extra $50 million to the department in her executive budget, which serves as a detailed starting point for legislators to craft an official state budget.

“The resources provided are never going to match what you see the need to be,” Lake said. “In some of these other areas, if we don’t get the funding, we’re going to have to continue to figure out ways to meet the needs with the resources we have. And it just becomes increasingly difficult.”

Several attendees asked questions about specifics, but most seemed supportive of Lake’s ideas — none voiced opposition.

“Thank you, director, for what I’ve seen today,” said Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes, to applause from the crowd. “Sounds like you’re on the right track and doing the right things and we wish you the best success.”

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