Councilmembers sworn in


By Dan Pennington - dpennington@civitasmedia.com



Judge Ken Rainbolt performed the swearing in of new councilwoman Oden Grube and current councilman Jerry Tomlinson. Grube was elected in the April 4, 2017 election with Tomlinson running unopposed. Both look forward to the next 4 years and serving the citizens of Durant.


Photo by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

Newly elected Durant Councilwoman Oden Grube was sworn in Monday along with current councilman Jerry Tomlinson who ran unopposed.

The swearing in was held just after a special 8:30am meeting at City Hall.

The council approved acceptance of a grant for Durant’s Carl Albert Park.

Councilman Chad Hitchock said, “I’m excited to see these improvements at Carl Albert Park. We will be installing adult fitness equipment and all kinds of cool stuff for citizens.”

A new era is ushered in with Oden Grube serving on the Durant City Council.

Voters chose the new candidate to serve the people earlier this month.

Grube said, “I’m excited. I feel like I’m working for the citizens of Durant. That’s my job and I’m going to do everything I can to make this a better place for all citizens.”

The election in Durant had smaller than normal turnout for the council position vote.

Councilman Bill Orr said, “It’s democracy. It’s new blood coming in, and people stepping out. That’s one of the beauties of democracy, it will work.”

Grube brings new ideas to the council with citizens excited to see what new changes will take place.

Councilman Hitchcock said about Grube serving on the council, “I think it will be good to see new ideas. I think anytime someone comes in with new ideas, it’s a good thing. I’m anxious to see what she brings to the table.”

Councilman Jerry Tomlinson said about his service, “I’m pleased an honored to have the opportunity to work with our new City Manger the next 4 years. I think we have to be mindful of our infrastructure and our streets. That is our number one concern for our citizens. Whatever I can do to help bring that sense of urgency to the forefront, I will do. I’ll help bring attention to our streets. I look for some really exciting things to come before our council for our citizens.”

Jimmy Grube and his sister Lisa Schuessler, Oden’s children, stood beside her during the swearing in ceremony.

Jimmy Grube said, “I’m really proud of her. We are entering a new era in Durant. I’m excited to see the future accomplishments.”

Grube says she has plans for the city.

She said, “Infrastructure is the main thing I think I heard during the campaign, so I just want to help the morale and make this a better city.”

Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or dpennington@civitasmedia.com

Judge Ken Rainbolt performed the swearing in of new councilwoman Oden Grube and current councilman Jerry Tomlinson. Grube was elected in the April 4, 2017 election with Tomlinson running unopposed. Both look forward to the next 4 years and serving the citizens of Durant.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_IMG_0013odenBest.jpgJudge Ken Rainbolt performed the swearing in of new councilwoman Oden Grube and current councilman Jerry Tomlinson. Grube was elected in the April 4, 2017 election with Tomlinson running unopposed. Both look forward to the next 4 years and serving the citizens of Durant. Photo by Dan Pennington | Durant Democrat

By Dan Pennington

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