Oologah Mayor Jerry Holland has been nominated for Oklahoma Mayor of the Year.
The award is given each year by the Mayors Council of Oklahoma to one mayor from a town of 5,000 or less and one mayor from a city with a population over 5,000.
“I am overwhelmed that I was nominated for this honor. There are a lot of great mayors inOklahoma,”Hollandsaid.
Town attorney Bill Higgins nominatedHollandfor the award.Hollandhas served as Oologah’s mayor for the last 23 years.
Hollandsaid he believes he’s the longest serving mayor in the state.Hollandwas surprised when he received the letter notifying him of the nomination.
Hollandsaid Higgins asked for his resume about a month ago. WhenHollandasked why, Higgins just said he “was working on something.”
Hollandgraduated from Cascia Hall inTulsaand he received a bachelor’s degree from theUniversityofMiami. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War before starting a career in the oil and gas industry.
Hollandlives in Oologah with his wife Janice.Hollandsaid serving as mayor takes a lot of hard work, but it also has lots of rewards.
“Mayors are the last true citizen politicians. Our goal is the betterment of the people we serve,”Hollandsaid. “I’ve been blessed to work for this great town and see it grow the last 23 years.”