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Noble City Manager Named 2013Gerald Wilkins Award Winner Citation Recognizes Most Outstanding City Manager

By Claudia Deakins Modified: September 20, 2013 at 7:34 am •  Published: September 20, 2013

Bob Wade, Noble City Manager, is the recipient of the 2013 Gerald Wilkins Award. He was presented the award by the City Management Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) during this week’s Oklahoma Municipal League’s (OML) Annual Conference in Tulsa.


Wade is the twenty-fifth recipient of the annual award that honors the late Gerald Wilkins, former OML President, longtime city manager and municipal advisor to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The citation, named in his memory, recognizes the most outstanding city manager in Oklahoma.


Wade’s twenty-two year career in local government began as city manager of Blanchard where he was the manager from 1991 to 2000. In 2000 he accepted his current position as city manager of Noble.


Wade was nominated by Noble Mayor Gary Hayes, who wrote in the nomination “Bob Wade has been a successful city manager for 22 years. For the past 13 years in Noble he has provided the leadership, vision and talent to help transform Noble into a well-functioning, financially-sound, healthy community.”


Mayor Hayes added that Wade’s “honesty and integrity are without question. Bob has always been a model of ethical behavior as a city manager and leader in the Noble community.”


Wade is active in several community organizations including the Noble Community Coalition, Southern Cleveland County Historical Society and Museum, and the Noble Public Schools Foundation for Academic Excellence. He was named the Noble Chamber of Commerce 2012 Member of the Year. He previously received the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year in 2005, and the “Above and Beyond” Award in 2003.


Under Wade’s leadership, Noble adopted policies to become a Certified Healthy City and received the “Excellent Award,” for 2011 and 2012 from the Cleveland County Turning Point. In 2012 Noble was one of only three cities designated by the Oklahoma State Health Department as a “Champion Community.”

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