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Finalists named to replace fired Broken Arrow City Manager
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Finalists named to replace fired Broken Arrow City Manager

Finalists named to replace fired Broken Arrow City Manager
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The Red Clay Casino in Broken Arrow, now abandoned

Finalists named to replace fired Broken Arrow City Manager

The Broken Arrow City Council has announced three finalists for Broken Arrow’s next City Manager.

“The council is looking for someone who has experienced success at their previous places of employment,” said Mayor Craig Thurmond. “But we are also looking for a candidate with diverse experience in city management and who has been heavily involved with the communities in which they have lived and worked. We want our next City Manager to possess strong leadership skills and be able to continue our focus on retail job growth, public safety and our high standards for quality of life which makes Broken Arrow a great place to live and raise a family.”

Whoever is hired would replace David Wooden. Wooden was fired by the Broken Arrow City Council in April because of his role in the Red Clay Casino controversy.

A spokesman for Broken Arrow tells KRMG that the finalists are:

  • Gary Greer – Greer currently serves as the City Manager for the City of Farmers Branch, Texas. Some of his previous positions include the City Administrator for the City of Grand Island, Neb.; City Manager for the City of Manhattan, Kan.; City Manager and Assistant City Manager for the City of Kearney, Neb.; and Administrative Aide to the City Manager for the City of University Park, Texas.
  • Dean Kruithof – Kruithof currently serves as the City Administrator for the City of Branson, Mo. Some of his previous positions include the Deputy City Administrator for the City of Fort Smith, Ark.; Assistant City Manager for the City of Dekalb, Ill.; City Manager for the City of Pittsburg, Kan.; Assistant City Manager for the City of Stillwater, Okla.; and Administrative Aide for the City of Wichita, Kan..
  • Thom Moton – Moton is currently the Interim City Manager for the City of Greenville, N.C. Some of his previous positions include Assistant City Manager for the City of Greenville, N.C.; Assistant City Manager for the City of University City, Mo.; Assistant Dean of Ellis County Center in Waxahachie, Texas; and Assistant City Manager for the City of Corsicana, Texas.

“Any of these three could lead the city into the future,” Thurmond said. “They have all excelled in the communities in which they have previously managed and have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills.”

Interviews are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13. Fifty-five applications were accepted for the position from all over the United States.

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