The Norman Transcript


March 23, 2013

County commissioner aims to bridge communities across the county



To help protect equipment from weather, he and his crew have been building and expanding protective sheds, but Oklahoma weather is extreme and the men and equipment are sometimes out in the worst extremes of heat and cold. That takes a toll on machinery and men.

Stacy has been able to purchase barely used equipment from the military.

“It’s a huge saving to the county and it’s excellent equipment for us to use,” he said.

The current D2 shop was built in 1972.

“We’re in the process of building a new shop right now and remodeling this shop,” he said. “It’s one of the projects George (Skinner) told me he would love to see completed.”

Each county district also has a sign crew to replace stop signs and others when they are knocked down, stolen or vandalized.

“These guys are on call 24-7,” he said.

Replacing stop signs to save lives is just one of the many services the county provides to residents.

“The things we do affect people on a daily basis,” he said.

He said his road crews and most county employees take a sense of pride in their work.

Beside roads and bridges, people come to the county courthouse for taxes, marriage licenses, land records and more.

As chief administrators, county commissioners work with other county officials on overseeing budgets, maintaining the courthouse and other county buildings, and co-ordinating with the health department, juvenile services, extension center and more.

“It takes a very good manager to keep all these together,” he said. “There’s definitely not a lack of work to be accomplished in the county.”

Bringing the communities together is key for the future, he said.

“We build off of each other. Each city has its own individual identity, but how can we work on these projects together?” he said. “There’s so much benefit for the county and region if we’ll work together.

“Look at what Oklahoma City has done and how that has benefited us. We have to think beyond Cleveland County and think regionally about how we can help each other.”

Stacy said his personal priorities are faith, family and service to community, job and county.

“The key is keeping those priorities straight,” he said.

Joy Hampton


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