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RAMEY UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED TO FILL VACANCY ON OMPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Ramey, Okeene City Manager/Elector, was unanimously elected to fill a vacancy on the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority’s (OMPA) Board of Directors during OMPA’s 2011 Annual Electors Meeting. Ramey was elected to serve the remainder of a term of a board member who had resigned. When that term expires in September 2013, he will be eligible to serve a new three-year term. The electors’ meeting was held at the Roland H. Dawson OMPA Headquarters Building in Edmond on September 8th. This year marks a milestone for the consumer-owned public power entity – its 30th anniversary.
The OMPA Board on August 11 approved the appointment of Ramey to serve the remainder of the term of Kathy Cunningham (Elector from Fairview), who resigned from the board due to health reasons. When the term expires in September 2013, Ramey will be eligible to serve a new three-year term. These other candidates also indicated their willingness to serve on the board.
Ramey spent most of his professional career in Tonkawa where he began serving as a fireman in 1970. Within a few years, he became the fire chief and served in that capacity until retirement. He then was hired as Tonkawa’s City Clerk before being assigned to the City Manager’s position. He was Citizen of the year in Tonkawa for his work in many civic clubs and organizations. Ramey has been serving as Okeene’s City Manager since May 14, 2007.
On September 23, 2009 during the OML/MESO/OMAG/OMRF Annual Conference in Tulsa, he received MESO’s Hicks-Middleton Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself and his community by his actions and contributions. He has over 35 years of meritorious service to his community and to the State of Oklahoma.
OMPA is a state governmental agency created by the legislature to serve cities and towns that own and operate their electrical distribution systems and is governed by the members. The Authority presently serves 38 municipally-owned electric systems in Oklahoma.