Oklahoma City, OK - The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) Board of Director’s met for their regularly scheduled meeting on January 9 at the Norman City Hall. Among the agenda items were the appointment of a replacement for Vice President of the Board of Directors and a new District 8 board of directors’ representative.
Tahlequah Mayor, Jason Nichols was selected to replace former Tulsa Deputy Mayor Michael Junk as Vice President of the OML board. Junk was recently named the new Chief of Staff by Governor-elect Kevin Stitt.
Nichols, who has served on the OML Board of Directors since 2014 was recommended by board President Randy Ross. Ross said that Nichols has provided very strong leadership to the board during his tenure and he also brings a balance of leadership because he represents the northeastern area of the state. “We are very pleased that Jason has accepted this leadership position on our board and we look forward to working with him in this capacity,” Ross said.
Nichols said that he is honored to be elected by other mayors and city officials, who know what it is like and what it takes to keep local governments running. “I am prepared to handle the board meetings in the absence of President Ross. I will fully support him in helping the board advance the mission of advocating for municipalities in Oklahoma. I believe that I can help communities become aware of the benefits and advantages a relationship with OML brings, how much easier it makes their service to their communities, and how much stronger their voice is when joined by other local government officials from across the state,” Nichols said.
El Reno Mayor Matt White was elected to serve as the League’s District 8 board representative, which serves Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, and Logan counties.
Ross said that White was recommended to this position from a group of 10 nominees because of his strong leadership skills, previous involvement with OML activities and committees, along with his enthusiasm of OML goals and objectives.
White said that he is very excited to be a part of the OML board and to serve not only the cities and towns within District 8, but, the entire state in areas that are most important to them. “It is really an honor to be a part of such a great group. I love the direction that the board of directors, Executive Director Mike Fina, and his staff are taking OML and I am eager to be a part of such an important focus regarding the advancement of cities and towns throughout Oklahoma,” White said.
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