Issue 5
October 31, 2016
News From the Oklahoma Deserves Better Campaign
Oklahomans are faced with a tough decision this election season. While we can all agree that every teacher throughout our state deserves a pay increase, a permanent sales tax that limits the ability of our city to raise funds for capital improvements and other city enhancements is not the answer. More information

Register for the November 3rd Employment Seminar at Rose State
Oklahoma experts are coming together to present the "Nuts & Bolts Help in the Real World" Employment Seminar.  This one-day event will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Rose State College and will cover topics such as:  Wellness Programs,  Employee/Council Handbook,  Employment Termination & EEOC Complaints,  Social Media & Internet Security,  FLSA, and  Drug Testing.  ( This seminar is eligible for six credit hours in the OML Certified Municipal Official Program.)    Download Brochure or Register Online
Register Today for the Next District Dinner Meetings: November 29th OKC and December 1st Tulsa
Come to Cattlemen's November 29th!
The next District Dinner Meetings are November 29th in Oklahoma City and December 1st in Tulsa! The Oklahoma City meeting is at the legendary Cattlemen's Restaurant, so sign up today! 
On October 20th over 30 guests joined Missy Dean, Director of Governmental Relations and Member Services and Sarah Lingenfelter, Administrative Services Coordinator at the District Dinner Meeting (DDM) in Woodward to hear from OML regarding the upcoming legislative sessions and current issues effecting Oklahoma cities and towns.  Dean spoke on behalf of OML covering such topics as SQ 777 and SQ 779 as well as E-Fairness, 9-1-1 Reform, and Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) audit enhancement bills that OML worked on and were signed into law.  She also expressed the importance of getting to know your legislators and pointed out that this year before the elections even take place on November 8th, there are 43 new legislators.  Dean also talked about issues that are coming up in the 2017 legislative session such as Real ID, Civil Asset Forfeiture reform, $1.50 cigarette tax proposal for health care and many others. 
Numerous city officials from the area were in attendance at the DDM and provided information to the group.  Alan Riffel, Woodward City Manager, discussed the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Providers (OMUP).  Guymon Mayor Kim Peterson talked about the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO) and the importance of mayors' involvement in this association.  Kirk Fisher, Mayor of Beaver, discussed the work center issue and how it is important to hold legislators accountable.  Shaun Barnett, Woodward Planning and Community Executive, also discussed 9-1-1 Reform.
Join us to hear about OML's NEW approach to legislative education and advocacy. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other municipalities in your district and hear about the upcoming legislative session. Talk about this at your next council meeting and make your RSVPs as soon as possible! OML will facilitate the meeting where we will discuss the 2017 legislative session and share the latest League news. There will also be an opportunity to share what is going on in your municipality. Register online or see 
more information  and dates in the brochure.
NOI Training Held in Woodward. Only Three Newly Elected Official Classes Left, Sign Up Today!
Next classes are November 17th in McAlester and February 11th in Stillwater
The NOI training session was held in Woodward last week with 23 newly elected and appointed municipal officials gathering at the Woodward Conference Center to receive their eight hours of state required training.  Throughout the year the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for individuals who are newly elected officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on leading municipal issues.  
New officials unable to attend the Woodward NOI still have three additional opportunities to receive the training provided by OML in the following cities:  McAlester, Stillwater and Lawton.  The workshop concentrates on topics such as the Open Meeting Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Municipal Finance, Ethics and much more.  Don't let time slip away before you register.  For more information and additional dates, see the   NOI Page on our Website .

Remember, you don't have to be new to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Public Employees Relations Board Sunsets
As you may recall, during the 2016 Legislative Session HB 2409 sought to extend the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) sunset date from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2020. It failed Senate deadlines and was not signed into law. Does this mean PERB is terminated under the Oklahoma Sunset Law?  Read the Q&A
Rose State College's Environmental Training Center Needs Your Input
Rose State College's Environmental Training Center has been awarded funding through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for wastewater and water treatment operator job readiness and training.  This fall Rose State will be re-applying for the EPA grant and they need your support in the application process.   If you would like to help, please click this link to fill out the short survey and submit your responses by December 15, 2016.  If you participate in the survey by December 14, 2016 you will be entered to win a FREE FITBIT ALTA ($120.00 value).  If you have questions regarding the survey, please contact Connie Myrick at or Bill Clark at .
OML Attends Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance Meeting
On Tuesday, October 25th, OML staffers Missy Dean, Director of Government Relations, and Sarah Lingenfelter, Administrative Services Coordinator, attended the 8th annual Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance (NORA) meeting held at Northeastern State University.  Over 300 professionals, city officials, students and members of the Cherokee Nation were present to discuss leadership development and tools to promote economic access in the Northeast region of Oklahoma. More information
OML Presents Mike Dockrey of Holdenville with Honor Roll of Service Award
For over 20 years, the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) has recognized city and town officials and employees who have completed 25 years of service.  Each honoree's name is inscribed in the permanent Honor Roll of Service.  On October 18th at the Holdenville city council meeting OML board member and Holdenville Mayor Beverly Rodgers was honored to present the OML 25 year award to Mike Dockrey.  Dockrey began his career with the City of Holdenville in the Street Department.  He has always been willing to do whatever job was needed and consequently now holds the job titles of Code Enforcement Officer, Emergency Management Director, Head of IT, Zoning Director and right hand man to the Mayor and city department heads.  Please join OML in recognizing Mike Dockrey for his many years of dedication and commitment to his community.

If your city or town has employees that you would like recognized with this award and you would like an OML representative to come to your council meeting to present these awards, please contact April Bradbury at or (405) 528-7515
OMCTFOA Holds 60th Annual Conference
Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (OMCTFOA) held their 60th  Annual Conference last week in Stillwater.  Participants from all around the state attended the training.  The Opening Ceremony included an action packed presentation of Stress in the Workplace by Emmy-winning TV journalist Cindy Morrison.  Concurring sessions included such topics as how to polish your communication, a report from the Oklahoma Tax Commission along with an update on Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB).  GASB establishes accounting and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  The session on active shooter response was very informative and provided effective practices for coping with this type of situation.  The week concluded with a look at the legislative process, concepts for learning sustainability & planning in your community and ideas on how to build a culture that empowers employees.  The conference attendees enjoyed a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow OMCTFOA members.