Claremore City Councilor Susan Kirtley will soon be ending her service to the city. She has represented Ward I since 2013 and is leaving the council effective Sept. 15 because she will be relocating within Claremore.
“It was a learning experience,” Kirtley says of her time as a City Councilor. “I felt very honored to serve the citizens of Claremore.”
During her tenure on the Council, Kirtley says her background in finance and budgeting has been useful, especially in her role serving on the Finance Committee. She is proud to leave the City of Claremore in excellent financial shape. Kirtley also focused much of her council service on business retention and economic development, as well as infrastructure projects and planning.
Mayor Bill Flanagan says he is proud of the work Kirtley accomplished while serving Claremore and its residents.
“Susan Kirtley was a tremendous asset to the residents of Claremore,” he said. “I want to take this time to honor and acknowledge her work and dedication to improving our community.”
The City Council will now focus on finding Kirtley’s replacement. According to the City Charter, applicants must be residents of their ward for at least 90 days and a resident of Claremore for at least six months prior to filing.
The Council will begin accepting applications after Sept. 15. The replacement will serve the remainder of
Kirtley’s term, which ends May 2, 2021.
Flanagan says finding a suitable replacement is important to keeping Claremore’s positive momentum.
“Councilor Kirtley will be greatly missed because she served the City well. But I look forward to working with
City leaders to find a replacement who will continue her legacy of helping Claremore grow and thrive,” he said.