Tahlequah Daily Press

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December 7, 2012

Garrett to run for street commissioner

TAHLEQUAH — Terry R. Garrett has announced his candidacy for street commissioner for the city of Tahlequah.

Garrett said his plans for the position of street commissioner take a different approach than what has been the norm.

“I am looking to take on the position as more of an oversight person through working with all stakeholders to move the city infrastructure forward,” said Garrett.

Garrett believes the position would not be full-time, and said he would only draw a quarter of the salary and request the remaining portion be returned to the street department’s operating budget.

“I would serve as the person responsible for working with constituents and city leaders to form short- and long-term plans for street and sidewalk improvements,” said Garrett. “This information would then be used to work with the street department personnel, under the direction of the department superintendent and with outside vendors as necessary to move the plans forward as funding is available.”

Garrett has been a longtime resident of Tahlequah. He and his wife, Connie, have two children: Amy Beth (Garrett) Gilliam, who lives Bentonville, Ark., with her husband and children; and Terry Alan Garrett of Tahlequah. He is an active member of Park Hill Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He is proud to be a member of Leadership Tahlequah Class 14.

Garrett graduated from Tahlequah High School in 1976, and Northeastern State University in 1981, with a degree in Business Administration. He earned a Master’s in School Administration in 1994, and completed a Project Management Professional course through Villanova University in 2012.

After working at the local Western Auto Store from 1976 until 1991, and managing the store from around 1982 on, Garrett began a career in education. He taught and coached in Muskogee from 1990 until 1994, when he had the opportunity to be employed by Tahlequah Public Schools as a teacher and coach at Tahlequah High School.

He has since served in many capacities with TPS, including principal at Greenwood Elementary, Tahlequah Junior High and Central Academy. Currently, he functions as executive director of Technology and Operations. His duties include overseeing the Child Nutrition, Maintenance, Technology and Transportation services for the district, plus any construction projects the district undertakes.

“Serving as street commissioner for Tahlequah would give me another opportunity to give back to the city that has provided a great place for me to raise my family, and I would like to make it an even better place for the future,” he said.

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