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Town of Okeene’s Public Works Director Keith D. Richardson Receives MESO’s Marvin Hicks/Al Middleton Meritorious Service Award
During the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma’s (MESO) Awards Lunch on September 18th at the Tulsa Convention Center, Keith D. Richardson, the Town of Okeene’s Public Works Director, received the association’s Marvin Hicks/Al Middleton Meritorious Service Award. This award is given to an individual employee from a MESO member city/town/utility who has 25 years of employment as a good employee and is/has been very active in their community. The awards lunch was held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) Annual Conference & Exposition held in Tulsa September 17-19 in downtown Tulsa.
Richardson has over 33 years of service to the Town of Okeene. He came to work for the town as a part-time employee on October 24, 1979 and became a full-time employee on September 8, 1983 in the Okeene Public Works Department. He has been Okeene’s Public Works Director since 1987.
In addition to serving as the town’s Public Works Director, he is an Emergency Medical Responder and has worked for the Okeene Ambulance Service since 1983. He has been a CLEET certified Reserve Police Office for the Okeene Police Department since August 20, 2002. He also was a member of the Okeene Volunteer Fire Department from December 1, 1997 to July 29, 2005. In addition, Richardson has driven the Okeene Public Schools Activity Bus since 2000 for no pay and was elected to the Okeene Public School Board of Education on February 8, 2011.
He holds a Class “D” license from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality in both waterworks and wastewater. He also is an Oklahoma State Department of Health licensed mechanical, plumbing, electrical and building inspector. Richardson has served on numerous committees of the Southwest Construction Code Council over the past 10 years and is currently on the SCC Board of Directors. In addition, he is an Oklahoma certified Code Enforcement Officer since September 11, 2008.
Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) is the statewide trade association of Oklahoma’s 63 municipally owned electric distribution utilities.