Oklahoma Mayors Gather in Tahlequah

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Nearly 40 mayors, vice mayors and other municipal officials from across the state attended the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO) Annual Summer Conference June 18-20 hosted by the city of Tahlequah. This yearly event brings mayors and vice mayors from across the state together for an outstanding training and educational opportunity. Although the rain did keep some from attending and caused the annual golf scramble to be cancelled, those that attended had three days to enjoy the great city of Tahlequah and network with their fellow mayors.

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Jason Nichols, Mayor of Tahlequah

The city of Tahlequah hosted the event featuring tours of the New Police and Fire stations, Public Works, and the Armory Municipal Center. Participants also had the opportunity to tour the Northeastern State University (NSU) Event Center and the Anthis-Brennan Recreation Center.  NSU President, Steve Turner graciously hosted guests with an elegant dinner that also featured local entertainment from the River City Players who performed at the NSU Playhouse after dinner.

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Bill Tackett of OMAG

Bill Tackett, Director of Risk Management for OMAG, presented a session on Critical Incident Response with a video that was very informative and timely. 

OML was also excited to roll out the year-long educational campaign that will focus on municipalities’ role in economic development with civic/community groups, local officials and state legislators. You can look for updates to the progress being made in the EDU and our website. We are asking for your assistance in educating the citizenry on this important issue. Other topics were the ‘compacts’ that the Nations have with the state.  The take-away was it all evolves around communications. 

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Jennifer Clason, Mayor of Henryetta Playing Mini Golf

Mayor Elaine and Rodney Carr were gracious hosts at their home in West Siloam Springs on Friday evening.  Their party room is amazing and everyone enjoyed playing miniature golf on the 18-hole course built by Rodney.  Those opting to stay inside played pool, participated in karaoke and just had a great time of food, fun and fellowship.  The costume winner was Diane Smith (wife of Mayor Kenneth Smith of Tonkawa.)

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Bill John Baker, Chief of the Cherokee Nation

Saturday, attendees met at the Northeastern State University (NSU) for presentations from the Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah Area Chamber, NSU and the City of Tahlequah. One area that everyone was impressed with is the ‘great’ working relationship that exists between the University President Steve Turner, Mayor Jason Nichols and Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker.  They meet weekly and work together for the good of the community as a whole.  They set the example for others to emulate and follow.

Several new mayors and others who had never attended the Mayors’ summer meeting all admitted they were had something as a ‘take away’ to deliver back to their communities. 

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