The nomination is expected to be confirmed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission Thursday. Risner will replace Roy Childs, also of Durant, who stepped down after 40 years, having served as the appointee of five senators, including Sen. Gumm.
Risner is the executive director of the Bryan County Retired Senior Volunteer Program. A life-long citizen of Durant, Risner has worked for RSVP for 12 years and has headed the organization for the past nine years. She also is a past president of the Bryan County Federation of Democratic Women.
“Sheila is an involved member of our community and she is deeply dedicated to serving others,” said Gumm, who represents all of Bryan, Johnston and Marshall counties, most of Coal County and a portion of Atoka County.
“I know she will do an excellent job as a member of the Excise Board. She has extensive experience in balancing budgets, and I know she will be fair and objective when considering matters as a member of the Excise Board.”
Gumm said one of the statutory functions of the County Excise Board is to help oversee the county budget, as well as hear protest to property assessments.
“I'm very honored that Senator Gumm would consider me for this,” Risner said. “I just want to do what I can to help all the citizens of Bryan County.”
Risner said she would continue with her work with RSVP in addition to serving on the Excise Board. Gumm said he was grateful she was willing to take on this additional role.
“I want to thank Sheila for taking on this new responsibility, and I also want to thank Mr. Childs for his many years of service,” Gumm said. “Both Sheila's and Roy's service to this county are examples of what good citizenship is all about.”