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March 23, 2013

County commissioner aims to bridge communities across the county

NORMAN — District 2 County Commissioner Darry Stacy wants to build bridges in Cleveland County, but he’s not just talking infrastructure. Stacy wants to bridge communities and agencies to create a smooth working, successful county culture.

“One of my biggest goals is to partner with the cities and bring everybody together under one umbrella,” he said.

Stacy took the oath of office for the first time in January, replacing long- time incumbent George Skinner who retired at the end of his term. Skinner chose not to run again, and Stacy had to compete against a broad field of candidates for the position. A long-term Norman police officer and member of the Norman Public School Board, Stacy brings a fresh perspective to the county office.

“Obviously, my life has been in public service,” he said.

He sees his new job as a continuation of that public service and believes that county government is the form of government most close to the people. He said there are fewer layers between the people and county officials than there are in city or state government.

Cleveland County is one of the oldest in the state and was named after President Grover Cleveland, Stacy said.

“It was almost named Little River County, Mansur County and Lincoln County,” he said.

Norman is the county seat, and Stacy is a long-time Norman resident. He lives just a short distance from the District 2 County Warehouse where most of the D2 equipment, gravel and sand are stored.

Stacy said former commissioner George Skinner’s road crew has remained intact.

“I think the guys are excited,” he said. “George Skinner did an awesome job. It’s my hope to build on that. I think I bring a new vision of technology and partnerships.”

Cleveland County has the third largest county population in the state, covers 558 square miles and was the fastest growing of the bigger counties from 2010 and 2011, Stacy said.

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