Claremore Daily Progress

December 22, 2013

Mullin to close Claremore office

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

Congressman Markwayne Mullin will close his office in Claremore effective Dec. 31.
He, will continue to serve Northeastern Oklahoma from his headquarters in Muskogee.
This closure will be the first in 12 years for Claremore, as Mullin consolidates his offices.
Claremore has been home to several congressional offices,  including former Congressmen Dan Boren and Brad Carson.
After his election in 2012, Mullin moved his campaign headquarters from Blue Star Drive to Claremore City Hall.
His office has been open for approximately a year.
The City of Claremore leased the space to the congressman for a fee of $10 a month.
The location was the most northern of the four offices in the district. Mullin has three other offices — McAlester, Muskogee and Durant.
The Claremore phone numbers will remain active. Field representative Debbie Dooley and caseworker Mary Bower will spend more time on the road and in the communities of their field areas, according to Mullin.
Mullin also announced the creation of mobile office hours in all 26 counties of the Second District. 
In looking at his office’s upcoming budget constraints, Mullin said he wanted to take a business approach to the office structure that was more customer service oriented. 
“With a smaller budget next year, we looked at ways we could do more with less and still focus on serving the people we are privileged to represent,” he said. “We have re-tooled the mission of our capable team so they will get out more into the communities of our district.” 
The Rogers County Commissioners will decide Monday if space will be provided for Mullin’s staff to access a meeting room weekly for about 2 1⁄2 hours on Wednesdays.
If approved, the access will provide space for local constituants to meet with staff, according to Bower.
Mullin maintains his staff will have a presence in each county.
The congressman plans to shift from a traditional office environment to a mobile network.
The Second District encompasses 26 counties in eastern Oklahoma that stretch to the west from Hughes and Okfuskee counties to the state’s eastern border with Arkansas and from the borders with Kansas and Missouri to the border with Texas. 
“Each field representative will hold monthly mobile office hours in each county of their field areas. Caseworkers will also hold mobile office hours for anyone needing assistance with a federal agency. Mobile office hours and locations will be released in January and will be available on the website,” according to Ashley Kehl, communications director.