Claremore Daily Progress

Government

January 5, 2014

New chapter New opportunities

Flanagan charts different course

CLAREMORE —

Longtime Claremore CPA Bill Flanagan was sworn in as the city’s new mayor on Dec. 23, following the passing Mickey Perry. He had been serving as deputy mayor, and previously was on the city council in the 1970s under Mayor Harry Powers.
Flanagan has been in public accounting for 40 years and has owned and operated an accounting firm in Claremore for 35 years.
Now as mayor, he has decided to retire from his business in order to devote more time to his new position.
His last day at the office was Friday.
“I enjoy what I do — I love what I do — but I felt like it was just my time to leave,” Flanagan said. “Now that I have some additional responsibilities, it’s time to make room for some younger people here and they’ll do a great job.”
Along with a less stringent schedule, Flanagan is looking forward to new opportunities in retirement.
“I’ll have time to go to the gym — no more excuses for not going!” he said. “And just taking time to enjoy life, which I already did, but now being able to live it at a slower pace.”
But that “slower pace” doesn’t mean stopping altogether. Flanagan is also looking forward to new opportunities for the city.
“Mickey worked hard to establish a consensus (among the council) and it appears that everybody’s working in the best interest of the city,” he said. “As I see it, we’re trying to work together, solve problems for the citizens and move forward. That’s what we’ll continue to do.”
He said the council’s spirit of cooperation can be largely attributed to Perry.
“Our sympathy goes out to the Perry family and we are thankful for his long service to Claremore,” Flanagan said. “He helped provide the base for us as we go forward. We’re on the verge of hopefully making some changes that have been needed to get back on the growth path. That means providing stable government and a good environment for businesses and families to live.”

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