Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Municipal League Conference Starts Today

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

State Municipal League Conference Starts Today

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More than 400 municipal officials from across the state are expected to attend this year's Oklahoma Municipal League/Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma Conference and Exposition, a three-day event beginning today at the Myriad Convention Center.

This year's conference will begin with a gubernatorial candidates forum at 1:15 p.m. today in the Myriad's Great Hall.

The candidates will field questions from city and town officials from across the state attending the conference. Issues expected to be discussed include organized labor and binding interest arbitration for municipal employees; threatened state funding municipalities count on for street lighting and maintenance; and the state's practice of handing down new laws and regulations without the funding for their implementation known as unfunded mandates.

Mitch Jelniker, KWTV anchorman, will serve as moderator for the forum. Three awards will be presented at OML's Annual Awards Breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday in Oklahoma City's Century Center Hotel.

The City Management Association of Oklahoma has picked three finalists for the 1994 Gerald Wilkins Award.

The finalists are: Dave Harris, city manager of Okmulgee; Douglas Henley, city manager of Nichols Hills; and Charles Johnson, city manager of Midwest City.

The award honors the late Gerald Wilkins, longtime city manager and municipal advisor in the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Finalists for the award must have served as a city manager of a municipality at least five years, and exhibited qualities that have strengthened the city management form of municipal government.

Six Oklahoma city and town officials have been selected as finalists for the Oklahoma Municipal League's 1994 Don Rider Award.

The award honors the late Don Rider, former executive director of the league. The citation, named in his memory, recognizes a local official who has made outstanding long-term commitments to his community. …

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