The Edmond Sun

May 6, 2013

New City Council members take oath of office

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Municipal Judge Diane Slayton had the honor Monday evening of swearing in Mayor Charles Lamb to office along with Ward 3 City Councilman Darrell Davis and Ward 4 Councilman Nick Massey.

April’s municipal election marked the first time each of the men had been elected to their respective office.

Lamb is seasoned in city government while in his 16th year at the City Council. He first served on the City Council from 1993-97 before being re-elected to Ward 3 in 2001. Tuesday’s swearing in ceremony felt different for Lamb, he said.

“It was different because I was in charge of orchestrating the script,” Lamb said.

He succeeded former Mayor Patrice Douglas on Nov. 14, 2011, after Douglas resigned from her post in order to accept an appointment to the Corporation Commission by Gov. Mary Fallin.

In October, Lamb said he would delay his retirement in order to continue sharing his institutional knowledge with the City Council.

Lamb said he looks forward to finishing major city projects, especially the Public Safety Center. He also will see the opening of a new softball park, the development of a hotel and conference center to locate at the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and Covell, as well as the opening of the YMCA Recreation and Aquatics Center being built at Mitch Park.

Davis was elected to Ward 3 without an opponent. Davis was appointed into office in November of 2011 to fill the Ward 3 vacancy of then-City Councilman Charles Lamb, mayor. Davis said he has sought opportunities to preserve Edmond’s woodlands and wildlife with links to outdoor activities with development. He has worked to develop a recreational base to compliment residential and business needs in Edmond.

“It’s a humbling experience for me in this first election to represent this great town,” Davis said.

Business and economic development for Edmond has been Massey’s No. 1 goal, he said. Massey said he is honored to represent his community.

Massey was appointed to serve on the City Council in 2011 after former Councilman David Miller left the position for business purposes. Massey has 35 years of experience in business, finance and economics.

“It’s exciting to have actually gone through and election and have a number of people actually go out and vote, check the box and say they support what I was doing,” Massey said. “It’s a very humbling experience.” | 341-2121