OMPA’s Director of Member Services, Drake Rice, along with four other
officials were inducted on September 14 into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials. The inductees are the 56th through 60th inductees into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame since 2001. Other inductees included: Marilyn Kay Andrews, Former Mayor (deceased), Ponca City; Elaine Grace Carr, Mayor, West Siloam Springs; Mick Cornett, Mayor, Oklahoma City and Michael R. “Mike” Nunneley, Town Administrator, Mannford.
Formed in 1999, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials Foundation recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements or contributions to city and town government. To be selected, an honoree must make significant contributions to Oklahoma local government, through their positive spirit of public service, with unquestioned ethics. The Oklahoma Hall of Fame Foundation is supported by the Oklahoma Municipal League, The Mayors Council of Oklahoma, the City Management Association of Oklahoma, the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group, the Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and the Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officials Association.
Prior to joining OMPA, Rice was the former assistant City Manager in Cushing and City Manager of Blackwell and Prague. Rice has been with OMPA since 1984 and was one of the people most responsible for the formation of OMPA.