2014 OML Annual Conference

September 23-25, 2014 Oklahoma City

Congratulations 2013 Award Winners!

Don Rider Award,
Robert Johnston,
Frederick City Manager


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MCO Large City Mayor of the Year,
Mick Cornett, OKC

MCO Small City Mayor of the Year,
Denise Janko, Beaver


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Gerald Wilkins Award,
Bob Wade,
Noble City Manager


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OMCTFOA,
Beverly McManus,
Nicoma Park City Clerk


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Innovations Award,
Ponca City
“Ponca City Community Infrastructure and Disaster Recovery Project”


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Certified Municipal Official Graduates that were present to receive their awards were:

Ken Bartlett (below left), Councilmember, Del City

Todd Finley (below right), Asst. Fire Chief, Woodward

Joan Johnson (left photo), Clerk-Treasurer, Shattuck

Lynette Payne, Deputy Clerk/HR Director, Tecumseh 


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MCO Mayor of the Year

Two awards:

Municipalities of 5000 or more 

Municipalities of less than 5000 

Criteria for consideration are as follows:

  • Must be in elected municipal office at the time of presentation;
  • Must have served in elected municipal office a minimum of three years;
  • Membership in the Mayors Council of Oklahoma, MCO
  • Municipality must be a member of the Oklahoma Municipal League OML; and
  • Previous Mayor of the Year winners are not eligible for re-nomination.

2013 Mayor of the Year letter and Nomination form

Due August 16th, 2013

Don Rider Award

2013 Don Rider Award Criteria for Selection

  • Serving an OML member city or town for five years or longer
  • Examples of community and state involvement
  • Contributions of significance to the development of the municipality
  • Personal growth and development in their area of expertise
  • Unquestionable morals and ethics

    Download more information and nomination form here.
All nominations are due no later than Friday, August 16, 2013

Innovations Award

Has your city or town --

  •  found a unique way to address a need or solve a problem in your community;
  • saved the taxpayers? dollars;
  • found an innovative way to use citizen volunteers;
  • kept a program going through innovative means despite federal/state funding cuts;
  • displayed a true intergovernmental approach to a regional problem; or
  • solved an in-house employee communications problem?

Download more information and nomination form here.

Submit all entries no later than Friday, August 16, 2013

Gerald Wilkins Award

Recipients of the award are credited with strengthening the city management form of government through their stable length of service to cities; dedication to civic activities; and participation in, and contribution to, CMAO; and commitment to the ICMA Code of Ethics. Past recipients include: Doug Henley, Leonard Martin, Paul Buntz, Richard Ball, Wilt Brown, Steve Whitlock, Larry Mitchell, Steve Eddy, Larry Stevens, James Crosby, Alan Riffel, Tony Rivera and Earl Burson. The award will be presented during the OML Awards Breakfast at the League?s Annual Conference in September 2013.

Please note: Each year CMAO alternates between cities in two population categories: managers of cities of under 15,000 and managers of cities 15,000 and over. For 2012 we are accepting nominations for managers of cities of 15,000 and over. All nominations are reviewed to determine if they meet the criteria for this prestigious award. If none of the nominations are determine to meet the criteria, the award will not be presented for that year.


Click here for nomination information.

OMCTFOA Member of the Year

The purpose of the OMCTFOA Member of the Year Award is to identify and recognize a member who has made a significant contribution to the objectives of OMCTFOA, the municipal clerks, treasurers, or finance officials profession, and to the improvement of municipal government. The nominee must be a current member of the Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers, and Finance Officials Association. 


OMCTFOA Member of the Year Nomination Form

Deadline is August 16, 2013

Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials

Nominations for 2013 inductees into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials must be received by e-mail no later than 5 pm, July 10, 2013 or postmarked no later than July 8, 2013.  Send nomination forms by email (preferred) tohjpumford@gmail.com; or by postal mail to Harold Pumford, 104444 S 3520 Road, Prague, OK 74864. The Oklahoma City and Town Officials Hall of Fame annually recognizes up to six individuals for outstanding achievement in the field of city and town management. Click here to access the required nomination form.

2013 OML Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to those who were recognized during the OML Annual Conference & Expo for outstanding leadership and dedication to Oklahoma municipal government. Watch for the September/October issue of Oklahoma Cities and Towns for more information on each of our winners.


The full list of winners is as follows:

Don Rider Award, Robert Johnston, Frederick City Manager
MCO Large City Mayor of the Year, Mick Cornett, OKC
MCO Small City Mayor of the Year, Denise Janko, Beaver
Gerald Wilkins Award, Bob Wade, Noble City Manager
OMCTFOA, Beverly McManus, Nicoma Park City Clerk
Innovations Award, Ponca City “Ponca City Community Infrastructure and Disaster Recovery Project”

Certified Municipal Official Graduates that were present to receive their awards were:
Ken Bartlett, Councilmember, Del City
Todd Finley, Asst. Fire Chief, Woodward
Joan Johnson, Clerk-Treasurer, Shattuck
Lynette Payne, Deputy Clerk/HR Director, Tecumseh 

A comprehensive list of graduates will be available on the OML website.


And the OMAG Board presented Chuck Smith with what will now be called the Chuck Smith Award. This will be awarded to a deserving municipal official that has dedicated their lives to public service.


Click here to view photos from the ceremony.