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OML’s Community Leadership Development Class 8 holds opening session

Christy Christoffersen

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The Oklahoma Municipal League’s (OML) Community Leadership Development (CLD) class 8 recently met for their inaugural session in Muskogee.

The session was led by Karen Hill, certified trainer and leadership consultant.  The goals of the leadership training focused on identifying each person’s various personality traits and how those impact work environments and those you lead; creating a leadership action plan and learning the art of teamwork without using words.

In addition to leadership training, the class took part in social and community activities.  Those included visits to the USS Batfish Submarine and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.  Cheryl Adams, OML Program Manager and the CLD coordinator said that the City of Muskogee and their partners welcomed the CLD class openly.  Persons providing assistance and welcomes to the class included Mayor Janey Boydson, former Mayor and District 1 Transportation Commissioner Bob Coburn, City Councilman Ivory Vann, Ron Boren, Curator, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Tim Thompson, OGE Community Affairs Representative and former CLD graduate, and John Cruz, Muskogee Civic Center Director.

According to Adams, there are 26 class members participating in Class 8.  Those class members include: A.J. Kirkpatrick, Director of Urban Planning, ADG; Allen E. Lane, Police Chief, Elk City; Annette D. Colbert-Latham, Grant Administrator, Towns of Boley, Boynton, and Tatums; Carolyn Sanders, Deputy City Clerk, Weatherford; Debra Wimpee, City Councilor, Broken Arrow; Dorene Crook, Sr. Member Services Associate, OMAG; Eric Jones, Electric Superintendent, Wagoner; Ernie Martens, Mayor, Sallisaw, Hank Moore, Economic Development Director, Bethany; Ike Shirley, Chief of Police, Bixby; Jerri Hargis projects & Operations Manager, Oklahoma Water Resources Board; Jim Roberts, EMS Director, Wagoner; John R. Cobb, Administrator, Wellston; Johnna Sue Blair, Wellness Coordinator, TSET healthy Living Program, Wagoner; Karrie Bevan, Utility Clerk, Okeene; Kelly R. Grooms, Fire Chief, Wagoner; Kimberlee Adams, Community Affairs Manager, OGE Energy Corp; Lindsey Grigg, City Clerk, El Reno; Mary Chris Barth, Superintendent, Laverne; Melissa Brady, City Clerk/Treasurer, McCloud; MJ Barton, Outreach Specialist, OML; Monica Coleman, Associate General Counsel, OMAG; Rhett Banks, Fire Chief, McLoud; Richard DeLano, Community Affairs Manager, OG&E; Samantha Call Director, Wagoner Main Street Association, Wagoner; and, Susan Rauh, City Clerk, Okeene.

Throughout the year, the class will meet a total of six (6) times.  The remaining classes will visit Guymon, Broken Arrow, Enid, Norman, and Ardmore.  During these sessions, a variety of topics will be discussed, all focusing on enhancing leadership skills.

Applications for Class 9 will be available during the upcoming OML Annual Conference, which will be held in Tulsa, September 17-19. For more information, please contact Cheryl Adams at 405.528.7515 or by emailing: and please visit the CLD page of our website.



Now Enrolling Community Leadership Development Class 7

Christy Christoffersen

The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) is now taking applications for the Community Leadership Development Program Class VII (formerly CALT). This program provides enhanced training and educational opportunities for municipal officials and community leaders.

This leadership training will consist of six (6) sessions occurring approximately every 2 months. The first session will be the only two-day event and is scheduled for April 12th & 13th. The first class, Foundations of Community Leadership, will be taught by Karen Hill, President of Training Professionals, Inc.

Tentative topics for future classes include:

  • Community Assessment & Involvement
  • Economic Development & Tourism
  • The Abilene Paradox & Conflict Resolution
  • Collaboration & Consensus Building
  • Cultivating Your Community

Following the April class, the next 5 sessions are tentatively scheduled as follows: June 8, 2018; August 3, 2018; October 12, 2018; and December 7, 2018; with class graduation in February of 2019. With the exception of Session I, all sessions will be one-day classes, each hosted by communities around the state.

We encourage you to sign up for this unique training experience and be a part of the CLD Class VII. The total cost of enrollment is $500. The class is open to any municipal official or employee, member of the business community, chamber, and community volunteers.

Please note the class is limited to 40 and in order to be a part of the Class VII Graduation only 1 approved absence is allowed.

Fill out the application form on the CLD page and return to us. Along with the application, you must submit a letter of recommendation from your employer.

OML wishes to thank the following Corporate Sponsors who have generously and graciously continued their support of this program: ONG, PSO & Phillips 66.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cheryl Adams, Program Manager, at, (405)528-7515 locally or 1-800-324-6651 long distance.