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New Oklahoma City Council members take oath

James Greiner and John A. Pettis Jr. were sworn in by their fathers in a ceremony attended by about 150 people, many of them friends and family members.
by William Crum Published: April 10, 2013

Fathers welcomed sons to public service Tuesday morning, administering the oath of office at City Hall to the two newest members of the Oklahoma City Council.

James Greiner, who will represent northwest Oklahoma City's Ward 1, and John A. Pettis Jr., from northeast Oklahoma City's Ward 7, took their seats and cast their first votes after a brief ceremony before about 150 people, many of them friends and family members.

Greiner, 32, defeated Gary Marrs in last week's runoff election. Marrs, the former city fire chief, was seeking a fourth term on the nine-member council. Pettis, 30, defeated Ronald “Skip” Kelly, who was seeking a third term.

Greiner's father, Lee Greiner, led his son through the oath. Afterward, Greiner gave his father credit for promoting a home atmosphere in which religion and politics were routine topics of discussion.

Pettis recited the oath following the lead of John A. Pettis Sr. Pettis said his father, a former mayor of El Reno, was a mentor for him and an inspiration in his pursuit of public service.

Two others take oath

Also sworn in for new four-year terms were Larry McAtee, who represents southwest Oklahoma City's Ward 3, and Pete White, from Ward 4 on the city's southwest side. McAtee and White ran unopposed and were re-elected in the March primary.

Greiner is a graphics design team leader at Hobby Lobby. He and his wife, Katie, have three young children. Pettis is single and a trustee at Faith, Hope and Love Missionary Baptist Church.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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