Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett on Monday was named second vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, putting him on track to become president of the organization in 2016.
A nominating committee selected Cornett over the weekend, and the mayors ratified the selection Monday morning during the final day of their four-day annual meeting in Dallas. Cornett has been serving on the conference’s 13-member board of trustees.
He will become the first Oklahoma City mayor to lead the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a nonpartisan organization for the nearly 1,400 U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Past presidents have included Fiorello LaGuardia, of New York; Kathy Whitmire, of Houston; and Richard J. Daley, of Chicago.
As second vice president, Cornett said his primary role will be to help President Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, Calif., fulfill his mission for the conference. Johnson, a former NBA star with the Phoenix Suns, is turning a spotlight on education. Cornett took part in a panel discussion on education excellence hosted by Johnson on Friday, the first day of this year’s meeting.
“Education is kind of front-and-center for Kevin,” Cornett said.