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December 9, 2012

First Impressions

New city manager reflects on first weeks on the job

CLAREMORE — With two weeks now under his belt as the leader of the City of Claremore organization, City Manager Jim Thomas has developed some first impressions and is soliciting for more citizen input.  

“I believe there is a need for a community conversation with Claremore’s stakeholders about what they like and don’t like about Claremore, what they would like to see in Claremore and what they consider to be Claremore’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats,” said Thomas.
When defining just who Claremore’s stakeholders are, Thomas identifies the five main ones as citizens, businesses, elected officials, Rogers State University and city staff.  He believes that if the five of them come to the table all with their diverse knowledge and all with the intent of improving the community, the outcome will be great possibilities and forward movement.
“The past is the past.  It’s a new day in Claremore and it’s time to move forward positively in the future,” said Thomas.
In effort to get what he considers to be the primary stakeholder at the table, Thomas is organizing a series of informal town hall meetings at various locations in the community after the first of the year.  His hope is that citizens will come and feel open to share their opinions, concerns and ideas about their community so those items can be represented in long-term planning.  
“Once we get through the busy holiday season, we are looking forward to getting out in the neighborhoods and meeting with citizens one-on-one in a place more comfortable for them than City Hall,” said Thomas.  “We’ll be announcing those dates and locations later this month.”
Once ideas are gathered from these meetings, Thomas plans to hold a retreat for the Mayor and City Council to develop a midrange strategic plan.  

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