|Updated: 12/20/2013 5:20 pm
||Published: 12/20/2013 1:52 pm
The Glenpool City Council approved a release and separation agreement to allow City Manager Ed Tinker to retire.
Tinker will retire January 13th, 2014.
He released the following statement about his time in Glenpool.
“When I moved to Glenpool, I was excited about the possibilities I saw in a city ready to grow, ready to become a full-service community. There were challenges, of course, including outdated records and bookkeeping systems, a lack of investment in crucial public service and safety services, and a perception across the rest of the metro area that our city was a less than desirable place to live and work. I’ve worked hard to change those things. Through those efforts and those of some visionary city councilors, a dedicated and talented staff, and interested and involved citizens – Glenpool is a different place today. A place I’m proud to call home. A place I intend to still call home after my retirement effective January 13th, 2014, from the position of City Manager of the City of Glenpool.
I wish to personally thank my staff for their continual support, talent, and service. This city is lucky to have quality employees dedicated to making Glenpool a better place to live and work every day. Our police and fire services are top-notch and have been instrumental in the growth of Glenpool because new residents and businesses view our community as a safe and friendly place.
I am confident that I leave Glenpool in a better place economically than I when I began this journey, and I am glad to have been a part of helping Glenpool realize the potential I saw back in 2007. More than 50 new businesses have opened in Glenpool during my time here, resulting in significant sales tax growth and new ad valorem taxes for our school district. Our public safety building greatly enhanced the level of service our police officers and fire fighters could offer our citizens, resulting in one of the lowest ISO ratings (3) in the Tulsa metro. Since 2007, our community has gown significantly – 640 residential building permits issued – with a cumulative estimated building total of $67,293,104. In that same time frame, Glenpool issued 100 commercial building permits with a cumulative estimate building cost of $50,276,656. Our city website, rebuilt during my tenure, achieved an A- grade from Sunshine Review Board for transparency of financial, permitting, records and contact information available online.
Finally, I am glad to leave Glenpool with the legacy of the first class Glenpool Conference Center, which hosted more than 35,000 visitors last year, and has hosted more than 70,000 visitors since its opening. As the new hotel takes final shape next door to the facility, I am confident this city asset will continue to bring more visitors, conferences, business expos and positive exposure to Glenpool.
Thank you, citizens of Glenpool, for your faith and your support. I am humbled by it and look forward to enjoying our community as a citizen after my retirement. “