Issue 35
June 12, 2017
Former Piedmont Mayor Hired to Lead OML 
After an extensive six-month national search, the Oklahoma Municipal League has named former Piedmont Mayor Mike Fina as the Executive Director for the statewide organization. Board President Mike Brown said, "His municipal experience, leadership background and vision on how he plans to move OML forward, are just a few of the reasons the board overwhelmingly approved his appointment. We are excited about what he brings to the table and look forward to working with him." Press Release
Mayors Council Of Oklahoma Summer Conference July 20-22
The Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO) will host the Mayors' Summer Conference in Idabel July 20, 21, and 22, 2017. The annual event provides mayors, vice-mayors and their families an opportunity to experience the best the hosting city has to offer while having the opportunity to network with fellow officials and participate in a quality educational workshop. Idabel Mayor Tina Foshee-Thomas has made tremendous plans for those in attendance.  Thursday morning is reserved for the MCO and OML Board of Directors' meeting followed by a golf scramble and a tour of the Wheelock Academy and Museum for the non-golfers. On Friday, participants will take in one of the wonderful tours that the City of Idabel has to offer. Rotating roundtable sessions with hot topics to stimulate the discussion are planned. Join us in Idabel for three days with other Mayor's from around our great state.
If you need a hotel room, contact the Comfort Suites at 400 SE Lincoln Road, Idabel, OK.  To make a reservation call 580-286-9393.  The room block will be open until June 20, 2017 at a rate of $91.00 per night.  You will need to tell them you are attending the 2017 Mayors Conference.  For more information contact   Sarah Lingenfelter via email  or call (405) 528-7515 or (800) 324-6651. Registration Information
Our Final Spring Class June 15th! - Hurry Before Space Runs Out! - New Officials Institute (NOI)
Throughout the year OML provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for newly elected and appointed officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on municipal issues. An officer is defined in 11 O.S. Section 1-102. State law requires each person elected for the first time to a position of a municipality on or after January 1, 2005, OR appointed for the first time on or after July 1, 2006, to attend an institute for municipal officials. The statute is codified at Title 11 O.S., Section 8-114.
The NOI teaches the statutorily required topics such as Municipal Budget Requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Ethics, Procedures for Conducting Meetings, Conflict of Interest, and Purchasing Procedures.

The next New Officials Institute (NOI) is June 15th in Tulsa at the Tulsa Tech Lemley Campus. If you can't make this one, there will be other opportunities later in the year and early next year to receive your required training in 2017-2018. 

For more information see  the NOI page  on our website.

Remember, you don't have to be new to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Join the Exhibition at the 2017 OML Annual Conference!
Register today to become a Corporate, Government, Association, City or Town Exhibitor at the 2017 OML Annual Conference in Tulsa. The 2017 Exposition, September 12-14, will bring your organization's representatives into contact with those municipal officials who not only influence the decision makers, but also are responsible for entering into contracts, making purchasing decisions and soliciting bids. For more information on how to be an exhibitor, contact April Bradbury via email or call 405-528-7515. Visit our conference website to register to be an exhibitor today.
OML Board Districts 2 And 11 Call For Nominations: Deadline July 21st
The Board seats representing Districts 2 and 11 on the Oklahoma Municipal League Board of Directors is up for election this year and will be voted on at the 2017 OML annual business meeting held during the OML annual conference in Tulsa, Thursday morning September 14, 2017.  The District 2 representative, Honorable Jason Nichols, Mayor for the City of Tahlequah, and the District 11 representative, the Honorable Richard Chapman, Vice-Mayor of the Town of Gage have both expressed a desire to continue serving their districts if reappointed.

If you are interested in being considered for one of these positions, please submit your letter of interest, resume, and an attested resolution to the OML offices at 201 N.E. 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, Attention: Nancee Morris, fax to 405-528-7560 or email to Deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, July 21, 2017.
If you have any questions or desire additional information, please feel free to contact James Couch, Nominating Committee Chair at or contact Nancee Morris at or call 800-324-6651 or 405-528-7515.

The City of Guymon Hosts Community Leadership Development Class 6
The Oklahoma Municipal League's Community Leadership Development Class 6 traveled up  north   for the second second session. Guymon hosted the session  with tours for the class around town.   For more information on the Community Leadership Development Classes, please visit our website  or contact Cheryl Adams via email  or 405-528-7515. Read more about the class trip to Guymon, Oklahoma
Turn in Your Nominations for the OML Awards Ceremony at the Annual Conference by July 14
Nominations are now being accepted for the MCO Mayor of the Year awards, the Innovations award, and the Don Rider award. Please submit your entries by Friday, July 14, 2017. The awards will be presented at the OML annual conference being held in Tulsa, September 12-14. 

For more information on any of these awards, please feel free to contact Sarah Lingenfelter regarding the mayor of the year awards at  or for further details on the Innovations or Don Rider awards, contact Missy Dean at .  You may also visit our website or call 405-528-7515 or 800-324-6651.

OML 2017 Annual Conference Thanks Its Corporate Sponsors
A big thank you to Center for Municipal Excellence, C.L. Boyd, and Union Pacific for sponsoring events and refreshments for our 2017 annual conference. The Center for Municipal Excellence is sponsoring the Opening General Session for our attendees to get expert information from governing officials. C.L. Boyd is sponsoring the Wednesday Reception that takes place in the exhibit hall for the attendees and delegates to socialize. Union Pacific is sponsoring the Pre-conference Refreshments for the attendees of that class. OML thanks you for your sponsorship's and we look forward to working with you.    

OML and the 2017 Annual Conference is lucky to have such incredible sponsors lending a hand to help. For more information to become a corporate sponsor for the 2017 OML Conference, please visit the sponsors page of the Conference Website. 

OML is grateful for all of our sponsors and the vital services they offer our members. These organizations' generosity and commitment to Oklahoma cities and towns proves that working together wins. OML is grateful for all of the help that our sponsors provide.

Please visit our Conference Website today!
Thank You To Our Sponsors!

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