The announcement came a day after Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders were critical of an Oklahoma State Department of Health decision to allow a nonbinary designation on birth certificates to resolve a lawsuit.
Frye began at the agency in May 2020 at the height of the state’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
Stitt said he was grateful to Fry for his service, adding that he provided steady leadership. Frye has positioned the agency well to continue to manage COVID-19 effectively, the governor said.
“It has been an honor to serve Oklahoma and advance public health for all Oklahomans,” Frye said. “I admire the dedication, resilience and tenacity of the OSDH team. They have worked tirelessly over the last two years to ensure Oklahomans had access to not only COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and critical information, but other life-saving services.”
No reason was given in a press release announcing his departure.
Nonbinary individuals do not identify as specifically male or female.