Special to The Sun
The Board of Oklahoma County Commissioners this week unanimously appointed former Edmond Mayor Randal C. Shadid to the Oklahoma County Board of Equalization and the Oklahoma County Excise Board.
District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn, R-Edmond, nominated Shadid to replace outgoing member, James Harrod, who is retiring May 1. Shadid’s appointment is effective May 1, and continues through Dec. 31.
Shadid said, “I want to thank Commissioner Vaughn for his confidence in me, as well as Commissioners Johnson and Maughan for their support in my serving the citizens of Oklahoma County in this very important position.”
The Board of Equalization is a statutory citizen oversight board whose primary responsibility is to ensure equalization of property taxes.
The Excise Board is composed of the same members of the County Board of Equalization and oversees and reviews all county, school district and city budgets to determine if they are legally and adequately funded within the revenues available, as well as reviewing and approving the county budget.
One member is appointed by the County Commissioners, while another is appointed by the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the final member is appointment by a majority of the District Judges.
“I have known Randel Shadid for the last 40 years and believe he is an outstanding appointment to these two boards,” said Vaughn, who is up for re-election this year against Thomas Gerald Parkhurst Jr., 49, D-Edmond. “Randel’s appointment will continue my effort to build a reputation for excellence in county government.”
Vaughn and Parkhurst are on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.