After nearly 29 years on the job, Muldrow Town Administrator David Taylor has announced his retirement will be on May 31.
Muldrow is now searching for his replacement, and is advertising in local media and with the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML).
The OML ad notes the town’s population is 3,466 and that Muldrow is a full service town including police, fire, sanitation, street, water, sewer, parks and recreation.
The town has a $4.5 million budget and 24 full-time employees and a number of part-time and seasonal employees.
The town administrator is responsible for administering all policies and laws adopted by the town council as well as implementing town ordinances, the policies and goals of the town council. Experience in municipal government is strongly favored, and the town council prefers five to 10 years work experience. Candidates should have knowledge of and experience in municipal budget and finance, public works, water distribution, wastewater systems and grant administration. Candidates not living within the area must be willing to relocate to the Muldrow area.
The salary will be based on experience. The deadline to apply is Feb. 9. Applications should be addressed to the Town of Muldrow Personnel Department, 100 S. Main St., or P.O. Box 429, Muldrow, OK. 74948.
This is the second time the town has advertised for applicants, Taylor said. An applicant was interviewed after the first advertising round, but negotiations fell through after the town and applicant could not reach an agreement on salary.
The Town of Muldrow has a mayor, Catherine Jones, and five trustees. Taylor explained they will review all the applications and resumes and then set up interviews with two or three applicants.
Taylor said the Town of Muldrow does not face any huge problems or high-dollar projects in the future.
“We’ve modernized everything,” Taylor said. “We’ve got money in the bank. We’re debt free and have no major problems.”
Taylor took no credit for the town’s good standing.
“I’ve got good people working for me. We get along fine,” he said, passing credit on to the town’s employees.
Taylor said he plans to stay out of the hiring of a new town manager.
“I want them to get somebody good,” Taylor said. “But I want to be just like an old cowboy. I just want to ride off into the sunset.”
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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