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December 25, 2013

Flanagan sworn in as mayor

CLAREMORE —

Mixed emotions filled the Claremore City Council chambers Monday evening as Deputy Mayor Bill Flanagan took the oath as mayor.
It was one week ago, Mayor Mickey Perry left the council meeting and had a heart attack, which claimed his life.
As Monday’s meeting began, Flanagan expressed condolences on behalf the council and all city staff to Perry’s family during this time of extreme loss.
Rogers County Associate District Judge Sheila Condren administered the oath of office to Flanagan, who resigned his Ward IV seat.
Flanagan was elected to the council in April 2011. Upon taking office in May 2011, he was appointed by the new Council to serve as the Deputy Mayor.
He has served 18 years on the Claremore City Park Board.
He is married to Lou, and together they have three grown children, Bo, Matt and Tiffany and two grandchildren.
Council unanimously appointed Terry Willis as deputy mayor.
Councilor Paula Watson was unable to attend the meeting due to illness, City Manager Jim Thomas reported to the council.
Persons interested in being appointed to fill the Ward IV seat should submit a letter of interest to the council by noon on Jan. 10.
A special council meeting was set for Jan.13 at which time the council will appoint Flanagan’s successor.
City Attorney Matt Ballard said anyone interested should live within Ward IV and be a resident of the city.
If the council does not appoint a replacement by Jan. 15, it would have to hold an election.
“I see no reason not to follow the same process whe have,” said Councilor Don Purkey. 
When previous council seats have become vacant, the council has chosen to appoint a replacement rather than hold an election.
The appointee would serve until the regular election in April 2015, according to Ballard.
Ward IV is located in the area of Westside Elementary School running along Highway 66 West. It extends to King Road near Catalayah Elementary.
A map is available at www.claremorecity.com.

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