OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ethics Commission Executive Director Marilyn Hughes today announced her retirement effective December 1, 2012. Hughes has served in her position for 25 years. She was initially appointed by Governor Henry Bellmon as Executive Director of the statutory Ethics Commission on May 13, 1987. She then continued in the same position with the Constitutional Ethics Commission, which was seated in July 1991.
Hughes has been a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association since 1976. She is also a member of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), an international association of government ethics regulators. In 1996 and 1997 Hughes was chosen to prepare and present the Ethics Update on Legislation and Litigation in the United States and Canada for the 18th and 19th annual conferences of COGEL. She served on the Steering Committee of COGEL from 2000-2003 and as Publications Chair in 2000-2001. Hughes then served as President-Elect of COGEL in 2001- 2002 and President in 2002-2003.