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Mayor and City Commission

From the date of its incorporation, October 18, 1894, until July 3, 1908, the City Government was operated under State law, which provided for the election of all officials by direct vote of the people.


In 1908 the City adopted its first charter form of government.  This Charter contained twenty articles and divided the City into six wards; the governing body consisted of a Mayor and a councilman from each ward, all elected by voters of the City.

Since 1930, Shawnee has operated under a managerial form of government.  The commission appoints a City Manager, who has charge of all the departments of the City.  The Board of Commissioners pass all ordinances and must confirm all appointments made by the City Manager.   It is purely representative in form; the power is derived directly from the people.

The Mayor and City Commission serve without compensation in accordance with the City's Charter.  Terms of office are for four years or until their successor is elected and qualified.  

Commission meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month starting at 6:00 pm.  You can watch the meeting live on Channel 3 or via a live stream which can be found here.  Information about the Mayor and City Commission appear below:


Mayor Richard FinleyNoPicture
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Term: 2016 - 2020

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Dub Bushong
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Term: 2014 - 2018
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Ron Gillham
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Term: 2016 - 2020
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James Harrod
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Term: 2016 - 2020


Commissioner James Harrod graduated Seminole High School and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from East Central University with a double major in Math and Physics and a double minor in Biology and Chemistry. He obtained a Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Administration and an EDS (equal to educational doctorate) From Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Harrod has 30 years of experience as a superintendent of schools mostly in Oklahoma and some in Kansas. His first teaching job was as a math and physics teacher at Enid High School.

Mr. Harrod has 7 years’ experience as a general contractor and 13 years’ experience as an electrical contractor. He also owned and operated Harrod's Shoe Box for 6 years in Holdenville, and has work experience in heavy equipment operation. Mr. Harrod worked as a policeman when in college.

Mr. Harrod is an active member of Shawnee Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, and the Elks.

He is married to Kaye Steele Harrod and they attend Life Church.


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Darren Rutherford
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Term: 2016 - 2020
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Lesa Shaw
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Term: 2014 - 2018
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Ben Salter
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Term: 2014 - 2018
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