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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.



Budget Process Workshop Held in Midwest City

Christy Christoffersen

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This past week, OML held its first monthly municipal educational workshop, entitled the Budget Process, at Rose State College.  Marcy Twyman, CPA, Crawford & Associates, PC was the featured speaker for the day teaching over 80 OML members all about the budget process.

First-time OML workshop attendee, David A. Rhoades, City Administrator from Okeene, said that the workshop presented by Ms. Twyman was A+ rated.  “The material was organized in an easy to understand format that flowed from developing a formal budget policy to budget funding and amending budgets.  This was an excellent class and I look forward to attending more workshops offered by OML,” Rhoades said.

“Marcy’s effective delivery of budgetary knowledge made what appears to be a complex process simple and easy to understand.  This was a great workshop for any city employee who is responsible for the public’s money,” Eddie Holland, Police Chief, city of Elk City said.

The next monthly educational workshop, Quality Communities – Quality of Life, is scheduled for February 8 at Rose State College.

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Calling All Mayors, Vice Mayors and Councilmembers Please Join Us for the Annual Congress of Mayors January 25th

Christy Christoffersen

Each year OML, along with the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO), hosts the Congress of Mayors event. It is a day-long opportunity for Mayors, Vice Mayors and city council members to come together, along with OML staff, to debate issues facing municipalities and draft legislation to address those issues. 

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