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January 8, 2013

Commissioners start new year

Stacy participates in his first meeting

NORMAN — Newly elected District 2 County Commissioner Darry Stacy’s first Board of County Commissioners meeting was, well, a bit of a snooze. With the most lively discussion coming over a question on a routine contract for animal pickup, the meeting wasn’t much of a headline maker.

District 3 County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said that’s fine by him.

“Your story is we’re all getting along,” he said.

While no scandals or political battles commanded headlines, for the new commissioner, it was still a banner day.

“I’m excited to be out at District 2,” said Stacy, who retired from the Norman Police Department in November. “It’s a great group of guys.”

Stacy seconded his first motion, voted his first “aye” of approval and, following the close of the meeting, signed his first purchase orders as a county commissioner. It was a routine start to a job that has become anything but ordinary in today’s time of turbulent politics and economic unrest.

Cleveland County is comprised of nearly 539 square miles. Those miles are divided into three districts, each under the care of a county commissioner. Commissioners serve four-year terms and are elected in staggered years on partisan ballots. In Cleveland County, they earn $6,571 per month, or just under $79,000 annually.

In Cleveland County, as in counties statewide, county commissioners are charged with overseeing the administration of the county’s business, maintaining roads and bridges and maintaining the courthouse and numerous other county buildings.

Despite increasing administration duties, road maintenance still demands a large portion of a commissioner’s time.

“The road districts still are a big part of our jobs,” District 1 County Commissioner Rod Cleveland said. “We assist the municipalities with the rural roads.”

Cleveland is serving as chair of the board this year and, as such, has oversight of the maintenance of the county’s many buildings.

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