Points By Drew Pritt

Open Letter to Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma
June 16, 2008, 6:51 am
Filed under: Uncategorized


Dear Governor Henry,

It is a sad situation with the felony conviction of State Auditor Jeff McMahan. This letter is not about the merits or lack thereof of Auditor McMahan. Rather this letter is to encourage the appointment of a successor who is experienced, who can restore trust in that office and the public trust, as well as someone who has always gone above and beyond for the people of Oklahoma.

I am speaking of former State Senator Laura Boyd. In addition to serving as owner and CEO of Policy & Performance Consultants Inc., she is the national field director of Women Legislators’ Lobby and the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association.

She’s a licensed professional counselor and marital and family therapist as well as a certified supervisor and nationally certified clinical counselor. She has 16 years of teaching experience in positions ranging from lecturer to adjunct assistant professor at both undergraduate and graduate levels. With this sort of training, she knows how to expertly and confidently enter into troubled situations and make them right.

Boyd stepped up when others back down in 1998 and ran for Governor, after serving eight years in the Oklahoma State Legislature. She is still the first and only woman to be on the general election ballot for Governor in Oklahoma history. Governor, not to take anything away from your own spectacular electoral triumphs, but after the debacle of David Walters, Boyd did restore honor and trust to the Democratic Party and made it possible for you to win your race.

Boyd is also a member of the Oklahoma Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and American Counseling Association. She also serves on the boards of the National Women’s Leadership Forum and Oklahoma Children’s Behavioral Partnership and is a founding director of Women Impacting Public Policy and a member of the Oklahoma Juvenile Justice Gender Equity in Treatment Task Force. She serves on the board of the Oklahoma Children’s Behavioral Partnership, the advisory board of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women and the Integris Hospital Mental Health Board of Directors. She also is active with the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and the Oklahoma Citizens’ Policy Board. In addition she volunteers her time with the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps, League of Women Voters, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross. She is a member of the ministry team with New Life Bible Church and a parent volunteer at McKinley Elementary School.

Since early 2003, Boyd has served as vice president of business development for Choices for Life Foster Care. In 2005, she formed a national grass-roots lobby effort that succeeded in securing legislation signed by President George W. Bush that changed federal Social Security laws to benefit foster care providers across the nation. Boyd also has been a Eisenhower Exchange Fellow to Peru (1999); a Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments in Lexington, Ky. (1995); Flemming Fellow with the Center for Policy Alternatives, Washington, D.C., (2001); and a pacesetter from the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service (1994-’98).

Governor Henry, please name Laura Boyd as the new State Auditor for Oklahoma.

Thank You!


If you agree Laura Boyd should be named State Auditor, please e-mail the Governor at http://www.governor.state.ok.us/message.php or call  1.405.521.2342


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