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New level added to division structure

From the desk of Assistant Chief Gary Batton

November 2013

The solid foundation of the Choctaw Nation has allowed us to continue to grow and prosper. As part of this growth, a slight structure change is taking place.

A level of senior executive officers (SEO) has been created and operations streamlined into five divisions to strengthen services through the 150-plus programs and businesses.

The divisions are: Health Services – Teresa Jackson, SEO; Tribal Relations – Judy Allen, SEO; Member Services – Stacy Shepherd, SEO; Administration – Susan Stockton, SEO; and a commercial division which continues to be operated under the leadership of the Choctaw Nation Business Committee.

Chief Pyle appointed a committee to research and provide recommendations for each division. The four who have accepted the position of senior executive officers bring a wealth of experience and understanding to their new roles.

Similar departments are being grouped together and the changes will mostly affect the management structure of the tribe.

This senior level is aligned with the vision of the Choctaw Nation – “to achieve healthy, successful, productive and self-sufficient lifestyles for a proud nation of Choctaws.” They have the heart of true servant leaders.

One of the goals is to have quicker delivery of services to our tribal members. As the transition continues, communication will be enhanced between departments. More efficient processes will be put in place. And as a result, Chief Pyle and I will have more time to spend on what matters most – you, our tribal members.

I want to congratulate Teresa, Judy, Stacy and Susan as well as thank them for their dedication to the Choctaw Nation. The heart of the nation is beating stronger than ever!