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.Read More
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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
Recently the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) alerted local governments that their convenience and grocery stores could be in jeopardy of losing the ability to sell alcohol under the new modernization laws. With an October 1st deadline looming before implementation of the act, approximately three thousand applicants have sought the updated licensing.Read More
The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) and the OU Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) recently announced the FY 18-19 grant recipients.Read More
Students enrolled in the Oklahoma University Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) program recently met in Blanchard to present their project ideas for enhancing the downtown area to city officials.Read More
Over 70 mayors and municipal officials from across Oklahoma met at the State Capitol on January 26 to debate issues facing municipalities and craft a legislative agenda for the 2018 legislative session. Oklahoma municipal officials will debate the legislative priorities presented in each committee. After discussing economic development, infrastructure needs and revenue diversification, each group formed a resolution that was presented at the general session for their legislative agenda.Read More