MIAMI, Okla. – A new Ottawa County commissioner was sworn in on Tuesday.

Larry McElhaney is acting county commissioner filling the remaining term for Steve Chasteen for District Two.

“This is my last meeting,” Chasteen said during Monday’s Ottawa County Commissioners meeting.

Chasteen appointed McElhaney as his first assistant on Monday, said District Attorney Kenny Wright.

“He (Chasteen) received notice from the governor’s office and resigned effective midnight,” Wright said. “McElhaney assumed the position at 12:01 a.m. and was sworn on Tuesday morning.”

Chasteen announced on his political page on April 19 that he had written Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and informed the Board of County Commissioner he was resigning.  His post said his reasons for resigning were “solely focused on health, wellbeing, and family.”

The 500-square mile of District Two primarily covers Wyandotte and portions of Peoria and Miami.

Wright said Stitt has 30 days to set a special election.

The Ottawa County Election Board confirmed Chasteen’s term expires in 2024.