Claremore Daily Progress

Government

December 9, 2012

First Impressions

New city manager reflects on first weeks on the job

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CLAREMORE —

Among the items to be discussed and considered are the obvious needs of retail development, transportation and infrastructure in various departments such as water, sewer, electric and street.  In addition to these needs, Thomas would also like to discuss community branding, residential development, how to strengthen tourism and downtown development.  
“These are all items that I have heard during my first ten days on the job and I believe they are all of interest to all five of Claremore’s stakeholders, so I would really like to urge the City Council to encompass them into a strategic plan, sort of a “Claremore 2020” plan that we can get to work on immediately,” said Thomas.
Another area of strong interest to Thomas is reviewing the City of Claremore’s organizational chart.  He intends to review each department, position and person within the organization to maximize the taxpayer dollars.
“I am committed to looking at each individual position to determine if we have the right number of employees in the various departments, the right skills and abilities within those positions and the right personnel supervising over each department,” said Thomas.  
Thomas states that he is looking forward to being a part of many great things in Claremore’s future.  He holds firmly to his motto, which he shared with his management staff in their first staff meeting, that “teamwork and communication are the keys to our success.”
Thomas encourages citizens to plan to attend one of the upcoming town hall meetings, or call City Hall at (918) 341-8842 for an appointment to get acquainted with him.
 

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