Claremore Daily Progress

May 3, 2011

Leadership key in Claremore’s future

Letter to the editor

CLAREMORE — One thing is inevitable in life. Change never stops.

Mayor Mickey Perry, Terry Willis representing Ward 3, Mark Lepak for Ward 4, Bill Flanagan, Ward 4, Don Purkey, Ward 2, and Brandon Smith, Ward 1 were sworn into office Monday night as the Claremore City Council’s make up was completely transformed.

Newly sworn in Flanagan was elected by his fellow councilors as Deputy Mayor, replacing Paula Watson.

Six new councilors of the nine seats now have new faces, new viewpoints and all will be getting acclimated to their responsibilities of serving city residents.

They will have the support system of City Manager Daryl Golbek and newly promoted Communications Director Cassie Woods.

Last week she was named the city’s executive officer. Her responsibilities have grown from marketing director to public relations director to communications chief. He responsibilities have been enlarged to over see several departments, including the city clerk’s office as well as information technology.

Her keen insights will be of vast help to the incoming councilors. As she and the new councilors begin their new journeys, may they find the support of the community as they serve and make Claremore even better than ever.