Oklahoma City, OK – Nearly one-hundred Oklahoma mayors, vice-mayors and city council members convened at the state Capitol on January 25 for the 9th Annual Congress of Mayors event.
The purpose of the one-day event was for city officials to come together to debate issues facing municipalities and create a legislative agenda of priorities to present to the 2019 legislature for consideration.
There were 5 areas of emphasis considered by the city officials. Those included municipal finance, transportation and infrastructure, municipal operations, community and economic development, and public safety. After discussion and debate on the topics, the various committees voted on the language and drafted a resolution that was presented to the entire body. Once the resolutions were adopted by the group, they will be presented to the appropriate state leadership and legislative committee for consideration.
The Congress of Mayors event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) and the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO).
Former State Rep. Joe Dorman served as the parliamentarian for the event and stated that he was honored to be a part of the event. “I am delighted to serve these municipalities in formulating their agenda for the upcoming legislative process. The Congress of Mayors is an important annual event that helps municipal officials and lawmakers work closely together to serve their constituents,” Dorman said.
MCO Todd Finley said that this event was a wonderful exercise in municipal leaders coming together for the benefit of all Oklahomans. “We were able to collaborate with a wide array of political minds to come up with workable solutions to issues that are important to the future success of our cities and towns,” Finley said.
For the first time in the 9-year history of the event, a sitting Governor made an appearance. Governor Kevin Stitt along with Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell each spoke to the group and encouraged them to continue doing a great job, not only for their communities, but for the state, as well.