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McPherson reflects on first year as Marlow city administrator

July 9, 2014

By Derrick Miller, The Duncan Banner, Okla.

July 09--DUNCAN -- For two years, Jason McPherson has worked for the City of Marlow. And for the last year, he has been heading the city as the city administrator.

McPherson was appointed to the position June 25, 2013, following the termination of then administrator Janice Cain. McPherson has worked for the City of Marlow since June 1, 2012, hired as the community service coordinator.

"It's just been a large learning curve that will continue for some time," McPherson said. "If you're not learning every day, where's the enjoyment in that? To be honest, I followed a great person. Janice had us going in the right direction. Working one year under her helped me get ready for this job."

Prior to being employed by the City of Marlow, McPherson worked for The Marlow Review for six-and-a-half years, and spent nine years in the banking industry in Duncan and Marlow.

McPherson said, with Marlow being his hometown, he feels more invested in the city and wants to see the community succeed. When someone registers a complaint with him or the city council, he takes it to heart because he often has similar thoughts.

"It can either get to you or you take it in stride," he said. "It is a challenge because this is my hometown. Things get to you when you're invested. You know how they feel. It's a lot to cover. I appreciate and welcome people to voice their concerns."

Through his position as community service coordinator, McPherson began working on moving the location of the Marlow City Hall, allowing for more office space and improved parking accommodations. But as he took over the city administrator role, he found himself settled with other ongoing projects, including a downtown sidewalk improvement project. The sidewalk project was completed earlier this year.

Another project under McPherson's lead is the relocation of Marlow's library. The project includes the renovation of the former armory in Marlow, moving several thousand books and completing the project with the necessary technology.

"We're getting really close," McPherson said about the library project. "It moves slowly here at the end because I want to address issues before we open. We've got engineers coming to test out the pieces, and we'll do a final walk through next week.

"When school starts, we should be in there. It hasn't been ideal. By the time we open, we'll probably forget all about the growing pains."

His position as city administrator handles the day-to-day business of the Marlow City Council. Since taking on the position, he has worked with two mayors: Bob Hill, who resigned earlier this year to focus on his own business ventures, and Brad Boles, who was voted in by the council toward the end of March.

McPherson said a lot has taken place in his first year as city administrator.

"It has been interesting to say the least," McPherson said. "So much has happened, I'm not really a rookie anymore."


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