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Choctaw announces new city manager

Guest assumes position July 26 By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times The City of Choctaw announced last Wednesday that the City Council had selected Ronnie J. Guest, Jr., as Choctaw’s next city manager. Guest comes to Choctaw from Carrizo Springs, Texas. City officials say in his role as city manager for Carrizo Springs he has served established…

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Harrah terminates city manager

By John Martin Staff Writer After months of bickering between mayor Danny Trent and city manager Clayton Lucas, the Harrah City Council voted unanimously to terminate Lucas’ contract effective June 30. As per terms of his contract, Lucas will receive six month’s severance pay. During his campaign and since his election, Trent had lobbied publicly…

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New Harrah mayor clashes with city staff

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times City attorney contemplates resignation   In an April 6 election, Harrah voters selected three new city officials. Mayor Danny Trent, Ward 1 Councilman Paul Wiegert and Ward 3 Councilman Chris Lally were all sworn into office April 19. However, clashes with the new mayor and existing city staff were underway before…

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Congresswoman Bice visits EOC

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosts tour of Jones The Choctaw Area Chamber of Commerce hosted Congresswoman Stephanie Bice’s first official visit to eastern Oklahoma County since taking office, April 8. Chamber officials say the goal was to help introduce the Congresswoman to the EOC area. The Choctaw Area Chamber…

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Harrah works to overcome divisive election

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Residents vote for three new city officials   Harrah has selected new city leadership following a divisive campaign cycle that included defamatory political mailers, hostile social media exchanges and the cancellation of public candidate forums following safety concerns. The most contested Harrah municipal election in recent history resulted in voters…

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3 new City Councilmembers elected

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times 13 percent of eligible voters weigh in on Choctaw leadership   Voters in three of the City of Choctaw’s six wards selected new representation last Tuesday. April 6 incumbents were defeated in Ward 2 and 4, while Ward 6 selected a new face to fill that seat after the incumbent’s…

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Choctaw prepares for city election

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times Three City Council seats up for vote April 6   Residents of Choctaw from three city wards will head to the polls April 6 to elect their City Council representative. The city’s most contested municipal election in recent history had a total of eight candidates file for the three positions.…

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City manager announces resignation

By Ryan Horton Choctaw Times   Brown to return to Pentagon   Choctaw city manager Edward Brown will be resigning. After four years at the helm of the City of Choctaw, Brown is returning to Washington D.C. Brown has been selected to lead the Business Resale Policy Division under the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for…

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Nicoma Park voters select next mayor

By Maxine Wheelan Staff Writer  Cochell ready to get back to work   Nicoma Park residents went to the polls to choose between former mayor Mark Cochell and current mayor Brian Foughty in a Feb. 9 municipal election. Cochell was elected to return as mayor by a vote of 181 to 85. Ward 1 incumbent…

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Choctaw calls for candidates

By Ryan Horton Managing Editor Ward 2, 4, 6 up for election in 2021   The City of Choctaw has called for the filing for candidacy as three of seven of the city leadership seats are up for election. City Council Ward 2, 4 and 6 seats are up for election. The City of Choctaw candidate…

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