Oklahoma City Mayor hopes harmony will continue after Ward 6 seat is filled

By Bryan Dean Modified: August 25, 2008 at 12:20 am •  Published: August 25, 2008
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The resignation of Ann Simank marks the end of an era in city government, Oklahoma City Council members said.

Simank, who resigned this week, is the third council member to leave office in a little more than a year.

All three had at least 13 years on the job and were part of the council during the Oklahoma City bombing and the early days of the MAPS projects, which many consider a crucial period that led to growth the city now enjoys.

"They were there when the corner was turned,” Ward 4 Councilman Pete White said. "It may well be a changing of the guard.”

Simank's resignation took effect Friday morning.

Willa Johnson resigned the Ward 7 seat last year after being elected an Oklahoma County commissioner. She was first elected to the council in 1993. Jerry Foshee left the council in April after deciding not to run for another term so he could run for the state Senate.

Foshee, who lost his state Senate bid, served 14 years on the council.

"I think those three did kind of represent the end of an era in what was an extremely good run for Oklahoma City,” Mayor Mick Cornett said.

‘Big-picture, inclusive attitude'
Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs said Simank, Johnson and Foshee helped transform the council from a group that often bickered and thought only in terms of their own districts to a group that considered what was best for the city as a whole.
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett hugs former Councilwoman Ann Simank during her resignation speech Tuesday in Oklahoma City. By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

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