Patience Latting (1971-83) reigned during the time the Myriad Gardens and Myriad (now Cox) Convention Center were built and the downtown skyline was full of construction cranes. Ronald J. Norick (1987-98) led the effort to pass MAPS, which improved the city’s fortunes and image dramatically.
Kirk Humphreys (1998-2003) led the charge for MAPS for Kids, an innovative city-school district partnership. Cornett succeeded Humphreys and has continued in the bold, visionary vein of the mayoral giants noted above.
Having 35 mayors in 125 years works out to one mayor every 3.57 years. What’s worked out for Oklahoma City is the stature and leadership that Gault, Overholser, Hefner, Street, the Noricks, Latting, Humphreys and Cornett have brought to City Hall.