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City Manager nominated for state award

Tim Lyon, City Manager of Midwest City, has been nominated for the 2020 Gerald Wilkins Award.

The award is presented by the City Management Association of Oklahoma and given to someone who “strengthens the city management form of government through their stable length of service to cities, dedication to civic activities and participation in and contribution to CMAO and the International City/County Management Association.”

Midwest City City Manager Tim Lyon has been nominated for the 2020 Gerald Wilkins Award presented by the City Management Association of Oklahoma. (File photo)

Lyon has been involved in city administration in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, with 20 of those years serving Midwest City.  He also serves as an elected Trustee of the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG) Board, serves on a Board Committee for States Insurance and is the Assistant Treasurer for the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council.

Lyon was nominated by numerous staff members, with support from the Mayor of Midwest City, Executive Director of the Rose State College Resource Development and Foundation, and the Tinker Air Force Base Senior Civilian Supervisory Counsel.

Other nominees include Warren Lehr, City Manager of Owasso; Joan Riley, City Manager of Sapulpa; Michael Spurgeon, City Manager of Broken Arrow; and Jim Thomas, former City Manager of Claremore.

The winner will be announced during the virtual Annual CMAO Summer Conference which kicks off in late August.

The 2019 Gerald Wilkins Award Winner Dave Slezickey, City Manager of Kingfisher and upcoming President of CMAO, states that “winning the Gerald Wilkins Award is a great achievement, but being recognized as a nominee is just as big of an honor. These nominations typically come from colleagues, staff members or community leaders, so for them to acknowledge the work that it takes to be a great City Manager is key to making the community a better place to live, work and play.”

CMAO is a professional association of city managers, assistant city managers and other professional managers in municipal government in the state of Oklahoma. CMAO promotes the proficiency of city managers and administrators; assists in the improvement of city administration; and acts as a clearinghouse for information on matters of interest to all local governments. As of March 2020, CMAO has contracted with Oklahoma Municipal Management Services (OMMS) to manage the day-to-day operations of the association.

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