NORMAN — Lexington area resident Daryl Covey announced this week that he will run for District 3 Cleveland County commissioner. The position is up for re-election in November 2014. District 3 encompasses western Cleveland County adjacent to the South Canadian River from the rural areas south and east of Lexington to just south of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
“My entire professional life has been dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the public and delivering quality services to them,” Covey said. “I can’t think of a better place to reinvest my experience than in the government of Cleveland County.”
Covey is the founding chairman of both the Cedar Country Fire Protection District, which provides emergency responses in eastern Cleveland County, and Cleveland County Rural Water District No. 1, which encompasses all of unincorporated Cleveland County. He has served in both capacities more than 10 years and recently retired from the National Weather Center in Norman after 38 years as a meteorologist and manager in the National Weather Service.
“I am running to bring transparency, accessibility, citizen focus and fiscal objectivity to the leadership of Cleveland County District 3,” Covey said. “We should be moving our county toward the bright future it is poised for and building to the needs of all our citizens.”
Covey’s federal career in Norman included founding and managing the NEXRAD Hotline, which was recognized during his tenure with a wide variety of awards for exemplary customer service, including one from the vice president.
He helped develope the Comprehensive Water Plan, a strategic guide for state water policy through the year 2060. He is a graduate of the universities of Oklahoma and Wisconsin as well as the Federal Executive Institute and is author of the book “Government Customer Service Standards,” distributed internationally through Amazon.
While raising his family in Cleveland County, he has served the community as a neighborhood association volunteer, scout leader, church orchestra musician and volunteer firefighter.
Covey is a member of the Pride of Oklahoma Alumni Marching Band and the founder of a global community for sharing best practices in government customer service.