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July 2, 2013

Cleveland County commissioners kick off new fiscal year

NORMAN — Cleveland County commissioners faced a long list of annual renewal items as they started the new fiscal year Monday.

District 3 Commissioner Rusty Sullivan will serve as the board chair this year. Chair responsibilities are rotated annually. District 2 Commissioner Darry Stacy will serve as vice chair.

Stacy reminded residents to be careful with fireworks. Despite recent rains, there is always a risk of fire.

Sullivan said the Cleveland County tornado shelter registry is up and running on the county’s website at ccok.us. A Storm Shelter Registry icon is in the top right corner.

Sullivan said the county wants everyone to register their safe rooms and underground shelters to assist emergency responders in finding survivors after a storm.

Commissioners approved multiple contracts and blanket purchase orders on the first day of the new fiscal year. As a board, the commissioners have many administrative duties in addition to building roads and bridges.

As a unit, the Board of County Commissioners is the highest ruling body in the county. The BOCC enters into contracts on behalf of other county agencies, as well as approving purchase orders and awarding bids for county offices and departments. County commissioners are elected by their individual districts and serve those districts primarily for upkeep of roads and bridges.

In the case of emergencies such as the recent tornadoes, those duties may expand to include a wide range of cleanup and other services.

In addition, county commissioners often partner with local municipalities and partner agencies to provide services or complete road projects.

Cleveland County operates as a budget board, with each of the elected county officers serving on that board. Other elected county officers include the county clerk, court clerk, treasurer, assessor and the sheriff.

The district attorney is a state official and, in general, Oklahoma district attorneys serve multiple counties. District 21 DA Greg Mashburn serves Cleveland, Garvin and McClain counties. The district attorney is an elected position, and the DA’s employees are paid by the state. The county provides space for the district attorney’s offices but does not approve their contracts.

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