Hennessey Seeks New Trustee

There is still time to apply! The Town of Hennessey is actively searching for an individual to fill the town trustee vacancy after the departure of Clif Vogt, who moved to Arkansas earlier this year. The new trustee will be selected from among the city’s residents, with candidates required to live within Hennessey’s city limits. Although the appointment is anticipated to occur at the August meeting, the Town Board has the authority to call a special session to either nominate a replacement or call for a town-wide election if necessary. Due to the town attorney’s absence, the decision-making process did not take place at last night’s meeting. Residents interested in applying for the trustee position are invited to visit the town hall for an application form or apply online at the municipal website, hennesseyok.org.

Among the current candidates seeking consideration is Regina Wanzer. When asked why she would like to serve on the Hennessey Board of Trustees, she responded, “Because they always tell me if I want to change anything, you should run for the board, so I am going to try it. I want to stand up for my hometown when no one else will.” Regina, who has resided in Kingfisher County for 37 years, is currently employed by Summers Health Services and has also been a Hennessey Lioness and has worked with Relay for Life.  

Tim Riddle, who has prior experience serving on the board of trustees, stated, “I served on the town board in 2001-2003, so I am very familiar with how town government works; I was mayor in 2002 when we had the big ice storm so I have worked with FEMA and other government agencies.” Tim is currently employed by Community State Bank as a Branch Manager and Vice President.  When asked why he would like to serve, he replied, “I have been serving Hennessey for over 40 years.  I have always been interested in city government and feel that with my professional and community background, I would be a good asset to the town board.” Tim has been a member of the Hennessey Lion’s Club since 1991 and is currently serving as president. He has been a part of the Pat Hennessey Celebrations, Hennessey Athletics booster club,  Hennessey Volunteer Firefighter (25 years), Leadership Kingfisher County, and Mayor on the Hennessey Town Board.

Frank Patton is no stranger to campaigning, having run in 2022. When asked why he wanted to serve on the board, he answered, “I want to do things that are most beneficial to the town. I want to bring residents’ concerns and ideas before the members for consideration, ensuring that residents are properly and respectively treated. Being a trustee should be a position of service to the town that I would strive to be at all times.” Employed by Iron Eagle Resources as an office manager, Frank holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Petroleum Land Management from the University of Oklahoma. Patton’s resume includes positions on various professional boards and involvement in community organizations, highlighting his commitment to leadership and service.

Timothy Logan Tillman just put his name in for consideration. Logan who is currently working for Croell Inc as a Plant Manager, Applied because he feels that there are changes that need to be made. Tillman says it is his military training that makes him right for this position. 

With Clif’s departure, the Mayor position is now open.  Vice Mayor Harold Shaw is currently fulfilling those duties until the open trustee position is filled and the full board can vote for a new Mayor.