Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association president resigns
Two Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association executives have left the industry trade association, the organization confirmed Tuesday.
Tim Wigley resigned as president on Sunday following the group's annual meeting in Las Colins, Texas, spokesman Cody Bannister said. OPIA staff was informed of the resignation Monday morning.
"A search committee will be formed to find the best candidate for that position," Bannister told The Oklahoman on Tuesday.
Sunny Allen is no longer employed as vice president of finance, Chairman Berry Mullennix said Tuesday in an internal email to OIPA directors. Bannister confirmed Tuesday that Allen has left the organization.
Bannister said Allen did not resign and the two executives' separation from association are not related.
In the email to OIPA directors, Mullennix said Wigley is returning to Washington, D.C., to continue his career. Mullennix said Wigley asked him to relay his appreciation for the opportunity to lead the OIPA.
"There is no doubt it has been a difficult two years at the OIPA, with internal debates, continued battles over gross production tax at the Capitol and in the public, and now the loss of our staff leader," the email stated.
"But I am confident those difficulties are behind us. The annual meeting and the Oilfield Services Fundraising Auction were a tremendous success. Our governmental affairs team is strong and already working toward the 2019 legislative session, and the rest of the OIPA staff is well prepared to continue the first-class service our members have come to expect."
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Wigley joined OIPA in December 2016 as executive vice president of governmental affairs and took over as president at the annual meeting one year ago. He served the previous five years at the Western Energy Alliance in Denver and earlier managed lobbying and communications firm PAC/West Communications' Washington, D.C., operations and was president of the Oregon Forest Industries Council.
Wigley in March was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and disregarding a traffic control device. He pleaded not guilty to both charges. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 1.
CONTRIBUTING: Staff Writer Nolan Clay