Here’s wishing Stitt success in implementing positive change

According to incoming Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s website, “Oklahoma’s turnaround starts now.” He’s even dubbed his transition team “Oklahoma’s Turnaround,” which is chaired by Norman-based attorney and political analyst Marc Nuttle. We sense a theme here.

Stitt’s transition team advisory committees are focusing on the following topics: education, economic growth, government efficiency, infrastructure, health, public safety and Native American partnerships.

A businessman turned governor, the self-described conservative outsider grew up in Norman and now hails from the Tulsa area. Tulsa Deputy Mayor Michael Junk has been tapped as chief of staff, ex-state Rep. Michael Rogers of Broken Arrow will serve as Stitt’s secretary of state and ex-state Sen. Mike Mazzei of Tulsa is the newly created secretary of budget.

We’re not sure how duties will be split, but we know the governor certainly needs a good budget negotiator. Even before his Jan. 14 inauguration, Stitt has cautioned that the state’s recently reported $612 million surplus is “not a blank check.”

Stitt’s administration is starting to take shape. The governor-elect already has named Stillwater resident Blayne Arthur as his secretary of agriculture. Stitt reportedly plans to add new secretaries of agency accountability and digital transformation.

Rolling up its sleeves, Stitt said the transition team is focused on recruiting fresh, new leadership to assist in our state’s turnaround. We wish the new governor success in implementing positive change for Oklahoma.

—Enid News & Eagle Editorial Board