Sapulpa’s city manager of 21 years—Tom DeArman—passed away after a tree-cutting accident in November 2015. His death shook the community in the way a man of his stature should.
Four months later and Sapulpa has been without an official City Manager, with the city’s Finance Director Pam Vann appointed as acting city manager in the meantime.
It looks like Monday may finally be the night we get a proper city manager again, with a council meeting coming up that evening.
Enid Assistant City Manager Joan Riley is the candidate being considered in the running, a story from Enid News & Eagle reports.
If it is approved, Riley will become Sapulpa’s city manager and trust manager for Sapulpa Municipal Authority.
“I will actually be there Monday night, at their council meeting, and am looking forward to it and anticipate a very positive outcome,” Riley said Friday.
Riley has been with the city of Enid for 16 years. Originally from West Texas, Riley started with the city of Enid in 2000 as a staff accountant. She worked her way to treasury and budget manager, then became interim director of finance before taking her current position in 2010. For several years, she has worked with long-range strategic planning, including economic and retail development, branding of Enid and intergovernmental relations.
“I’ve attached myself to this city quite strongly,” she said. “I do look forward to Monday night.”