EDMOND — Patrice Douglas was sworn in as Edmond’s 51st mayor this week before a crowd too big to fit into city council chambers. Douglas accepted the gavel from exiting Mayor Dan O’Neil, who she beat in the April election by 1,233 votes. O’Neil completed his first two-year term.
As she took the oath of office, Douglas was accompanied by her husband Brent, who held the Bible for his wife, and their two sons, Patrick, 14, and Phillip, 11. The new mayor was greeted with a standing ovation. "I’m honored and excited to be here,” said Douglas, 46. "Edmond is a wonderful town. We are all blessed we’re here. "I’m looking forward to serving you.” About 200 people attended the ceremony performed by Municipal Judge Alan Synar and the reception afterward. Oklahoma’s first lady Kim Henry, a friend of Douglas, attended the ceremony. "I am very excited for Patrice,” Henry said after the ceremony. "I’m proud of her and excited that the city of Edmond has this kind of leadership.” Members of Phillip’s fifth-grade class, taught by Jason Riggs at Northern Hills Elementary School, were at the ceremony. They worked on the mayor’s campaign. Also taking the oath of office were Ward 3 Councilman Charles Lamb, Ward 4 Councilman David Miller and city Treasurer Stephen Schaus. The three men ran unopposed for re-election. This will be the final time Edmond will elect a treasurer. Voters changed the city charter making the city treasurer job an appointment by the city manager. The new charter change takes effect at the end of Schaus’ four-year term.