City Personnel meet with State Senator and Representatives

On Friday, November 30, city personnel and elected officials from the Town of Newkirk and the City of Ponca City met with Senator Coleman and Representatives Luttrell and Pfeiffer over lunch in Ponca City. The lunch was hosted by the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) with the purpose of introducing OMPA’s member city personnel and elected officials to the legislators that represent them. 

City personnel expressed the concerns facing rural communities in Oklahoma. The legislators and city personnel had in depth discussions regarding the issues, and issues that could become a concern in the future.

Those in attendance were: Mark Vanderburg, City Attorney for Ponca City; Randy Elliott, OMPA General Counsel; Derek Cassidy, Newkirk Councilmember; Representative Ken Luttrell, District 37; Representative John Pfeiffer, District 38; Senator Bill Coleman, District 10; Craig Stephenson, City Manager of Ponca City; David Osburn, OMPA General Manager; Phil Johnston, General Manager of Electric Utilities Ponca City Energy; Steve Sullivan, Assistant Manager Ponca City Energy; Homer Nicholson, Ponca City Mayor; Jane Thomas, Newkirk City Manager; Paul Taylor, Ponca City Councilmember, and Dixie Johnson, Perry City Clerk.

Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) is a joint-action agency created for the purpose of providing an adequate, reliable and affordable supply of electrical power and energy to Oklahoma’s municipally owned electric systems. The Authority presently serves 39 municipally owned electric systems in Oklahoma. As a consumer-owned public power entity, OMPA is owned by the member cities it serves.