The OML District 8 Board seat has become open as of November 8, 2018, due to Janet Smith resigning her position with the board. Nominations will be received until Monday, December 10, 2018 and will be presented to the OML Board of Directors at their next meeting.Read More
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OML recently hosted the inaugural planning meeting of the newly formed, Women In Municipal Government (WIMG) group. The group facilitators are Jodi Lewis, OML Legislative Affairs Director and Aspen Roberts, OML Policy Analyst. Approximately 15 women from across the state attended the meeting.Read More
A new OMSC member benefit enables municipalities to engage with IBTS for pre-event contracts for disaster mitigation and recovery services.Read More
Over the next few weeks, the OML staff is coming to a community near you in celebration of our annual District Dinner meetings. You are all invited to join us for an evening of great food and fun. OML staff will be on hand to facilitate the dinners and fill you in on the latest news out of OML, including information regarding the upcoming legislative session. All events are free.Read More
The rising cost of healthcare for Oklahoma cities and towns has continued to be a struggle as city leaders attempt to provide quality healthcare at affordable prices. Healthcare costs have been unstable and as a result has continued to be a pressing issue for our municipalities.Read More
We have compiled all of the session presentations that were made available in one convenient place. Please visit the Conference Presentation page for downloads. We will continue to add more presentations as they become available.Read More
Oklahoma City, OK – Nearly five hundred (500) municipal officials from across the state attended the 2018 Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) annual conference and exposition in Oklahoma City, September 11-13. This year’s event marked the 104th gathering and was the largest attended in OML history.
The conference theme, Let’s Roll, highlighted an opening day golf scramble tournament, pre-conference grant writing workshop, over fifty (50) educational break-out sessions, opening session, appearances by both the GOP and Democrat gubernatorial candidates, Kevin Stitt and Drew Edmondson, receptions, annual meeting, and awards banquets.
“The annual conference is the one time a year where our communities and municipal staff come together from across Oklahoma for three days to learn about important topics impacting their communities, to network with other municipal leaders and to enjoy all the festivities of the event. We want to thank not only all who attended but, our partners and sponsors, as well,” Mike Fina, OML Executive Director said.
Each year during the conference, individuals are honored and recognized for exceptional achievements. This year’s award winners include:
Mayor of the Year – communities over 5,000: Bill Shewey, Mayor of Enid
Mayor of the Year – communities under 5,000: Daniel Tarkington, Mayor of Checotah
Gerald Wilkins City Manager of the Year recipient: Janice Cain, City Manager, Altus
Don Rider Award – Honor’s States Most Outstanding Municipal official: Sand Springs Mayor, Mike Burdge
Top Innovation Program: City of El Reno
Also, during the conference, OML, the Ok Municipal Retirement Fund (OkMRF) group, and the OK Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG) held fundraisers to benefit the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. Through a wine, beer and gift card pull and raffles, they were able to donate $3050 to assist in feeding Oklahoma families.
During the annual business meeting, Kimberly Meek, City Manager of Duncan was elected to the OML Board of Directors, representing District 9.
A very special highlight during the conference was the presentation of four officials representing a wide range of experience and expertise as inductees into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials.
The 2018 inductees include:
George Fina, former Piedmont Councilman and Mayor, and former Oklahoma City Firefighter
Mary Rupp, former Stillwater Deputy City Manager and former Perry City Manager
Craig Stephenson, City Manager, Ponca City
David Weatherford, City Attorney, City of Coweta, Town of Mannford, City of Sand Springs, and City of Mounds
Founded in 1999, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials Foundation recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements or contributions to city and town governments. To be selected, an honoree must make significant contributions to Oklahoma local government, through their positive spirit of public service, and unquestioned ethics.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame began in 2001 and the new inductees become the 61st – 64th members.
The 2019 OML Conference and Exposition is slated to be held in Tulsa.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) is now accepting grant applications from Oklahoma cities and towns through their Healthy Incentive Program.
During the incentive grant program from 2012 through 2017, TSET awarded seventy-six (76) grants for a total of $2.6 million to Oklahoma towns and cities.Read More
Notice is hereby given that the annual business meeting of the Oklahoma Municipal League, Inc. (OML), a non-profit corporation, will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 beginning at 7:30 a.m. The meeting will be at the Cox Convention Center in Room(s) A & B in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.Read More
Oklahoma City University (OCU), along with partners, the Oklahoma Municipal League, and The Oklahoma Academy, is launching an innovative new program designed to educate citizens interested in running for elected positions in municipal government.Read More