Jim Spray was recently re-elected to a fifth consecutive term on the Stilwell City Council, having served the citizens since 2005, including a brief duty as acting mayor from 2017 to 2019.

“I really am enjoying working with this group of council members. They all seem to be involved with the goal of making the community better, and there doesn’t seem to be the conflicts past councils have had,” Spray said.

He retired from the State of Oklahoma in 2017 after 29 years of a fulfilling career in the field of juvenile probation/parole, helping youth and their families. This career spanned 22 years in a supervisory capacity in several counties in eastern Oklahoma.

Stilwell has been home to Spray for 61 years. He is glad to serve on the City Council.

He explained a member of the council has to understand the overall operation of city government; strive to continually improve city functions and infrastructure; respond to citizen needs; and continually work to improve the health, safety and education of the community to maintain an enjoyable quality of life.

“I find it an exciting and rewarding time to be involved in the progress and growth of our city and feel very fortunate to have such a compassionate and visionary group of council members we presently have to work with," he said. "Our goal is to continue to make Stilwell a safe and desirable place to live and raise a family, and with that, we must continue to strive for the absolute best-quality jobs, wages, living conditions, and educational and recreational opportunities in eastern Oklahoma."

He also reminds the community to be supportive of city workers.

“Let us not forget our city employees who make this all happen, who get the real work done often short-handed, and please take the time to thank them when you see them,” Spray said.