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Patrice DouglasEdmond's mayor Patrice Douglas resigns on Sunday 9th October 2011 to become a state corporation commissioner, replacing Jeff Cloud, who resigned.

 

Governor Mary Fallin has chosen Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas to fill an upcoming vacancy on the three-member Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Fallin appointed Douglas to the position being vacated by Commissioner Jeff Cloud. Cloud announced plans to resign within a month to become vice president of natural gas at Enid-based Continental Resources.

An attorney, Douglas has been Edmond's mayor since April 2009. She also serves as executive vice president of First Fidelity Bank in Edmond and leads its commercial lending team. Douglas will step down as mayor when she takes her seat on the Corporation Commission.

Fallin says Douglas is a student of the policy issues facing Oklahoma and its citizens. The Corporation Commission has regulatory authority over the energy and telecommunications industries as well as public utilities.

Douglas, an Edmond banker and attorney, said she is sad to leave the mayor's job she has held the past 2½ years.


“I know I made the right decision,” Douglas said. “I hope I can do for Oklahoma what I did for Edmond.
“It has been fun. I loved it. Edmond is a great city that is headed in the right direction.”


One of her biggest concerns about leaving is the timing, she said. Her resignation is just two days before voters go to the polls to decide on a five-year sales tax increase to fund construction of a new public safety center.


A new home for police headquarters, the 911 communication center and emergency management operations has been a goal for Douglas since she first ran for office in 2009.

Her time as mayor has been busy. She said she played a role in projects that make her proud.


The city has joined with the Edmond School District and the YMCA to build a $22 million recreation and aquatic center at Mitch Park. It will include a competition pool, a separate recreation pool, a running track and cardio and other fitness rooms.

 

Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2013.
“We got that done, and it had been on the table for 10 years,” Douglas said.


In addition, work on the first phase of a citywide traffic information and communication system is under way. The system is expected to help alleviate traffic problems in the city.


Early estimates are that the system could cost $7 million. The project is expected to take three or four years to complete.


“I really wanted to see (the system) finished,” Douglas said. “But the council is sold on it.”
Douglas created a small business task force that recommended the city have a small business advocate to assist businesses in dealing with city regulations.


Douglas gets emotional when she talks about leaving the mayor's post.
“I think the reason I get emotional about it is that I worked hard to get here,” Douglas said. “I take it serious. My sincere hope is that I left Edmond in a better place.


“I am already working on how to make Oklahoma better. I already have ideas.”


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Nearly a year after she was appointed to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Patrice Douglas is poised to take over as chairwoman of the regulatory agency.

Douglas was elected unanimously to the post Monday, succeeding Dana Murphy at the head of the three-person commission.  Douglas assumed her new role on 1st August 2012.

 

In November 2012, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide charitable organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.

 

Patrice has been married to her husband, Brent, for 22 years and has two sons, Patrick and Phillip.

 

 

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