Oologah Mayor Holland finalist for Oklahoma Mayor of the Year
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
Oologah Mayor Jerry Holland has been chosen a finalist for the Oklahoma Mayor of the Year award by the Mayors Council of Oklahoma (MCO).
The award recognizes excellence through dedication and commitment from MCO nominees across the state.
Criteria for consideration requires nominees to be a MCO member and to be in municipal office at the time of presentation, as well as, completed a minimum of three years of service in office, said Oklahoma Municipal League Director of Administration KD Selby.
Selby said Holland was nominated by Oologah municipal employees. He is the longest serving mayor in Rogers County, having served nearly 22 years.
Born in Tulsa, Holland has always had family in the Oologah area. He graduated from Cascia Hall in 1957 and went on to attend the University of Miami, graduating in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He then served in the United States Navy from 1961-65 during the Vietnam conflict.
Following the war, Holland worked internationally in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Venzuela, among other places as an engineer.
Since 1991, he has served as mayor of Oologah and board trustee. Holland has made several contributions to the development of the town, including the establishment of the Oologah Senior Citizen’s Center, Community Building and upgrade of the Oologah Sewer Plant to a state-of-the-art facility.
Holland and the town board are currently working on a high-tech communications center that will benefit all age groups. The $2 million center will include 20 up-to-date desktop computers used for education and research purposes for the community. Holland was instrumental in obtaining assistance from the Cherokee Nation for installation, repair and maintenance of streets; police equipment, as well as financial assistance for the new media center.
He participated in establishing a TIF project in Oologah, which brought Doc’s Food Stores Country Mart. Construction of the grocery store is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving.
Holland, along with four other MCO finalists are up for the Mayor of the Year award for cities below 5,000 in population.
Awards will be presented at the Oklahoma Municipal League Annual Awards Banquet on Sep. 19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa.