Askins hired to oversee Oklahoma court system

Askins hired to oversee Oklahoma court system

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._Jari Askins, Duncan native and former lieutenant governor, will soon oversee Oklahoma's court system.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice John Reif announced that Askins has been hired as the state's administrative director of the courts, effective October 1.

Askins will replace longtime administrator Michael Evans, who is retiring.

Askins has served in all three branches of government, including most recently as a special adviser to Governor Mary Fallin for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. In that role, she's been implementing a court-ordered plan to improve the state's foster care system.

"Despite the improvements that have been made, we continue to need more foster families," Askins said. "While there are several initiatives to help recruitment of foster homes, ultimately, we must rely on Oklahomans to help us care for these children."

In her new role as court administrator she will assist the chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court in overseeing state courts. That includes court budgets, payroll and administrative duties in all but two district courts. Only Tulsa and Oklahoma County courts have administrators.