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September 10, 2012

Perry mayor declines interim appointment to Meridian board

STILLWATER, Okla. — Perry Mayor Chuck Hall, who was appointed to the Meridian Technology Center Board of Education last week, has declined the appointment because state law prohibits an official from holding dual offices.

Hall submitted a letter to Meridian Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Doug Major this past week declining the nomination.

Hall was appointed to the vacant District 4 seat. He would have replaced Joe Duerr, whose change of residency made him ineligible to continue as a board member.

“We’re back to square one,” Major said. “We’re now looking for our board members to give recommendations.”

Major said that Section 725 of the School Laws of Oklahoma specifies that no one is allowed to hold dual offices.

In his letter to Major, Hall wrote that he was “deeply honored” by the nomination but would not be able to accept.

“For many years, I have witnessed first-hand the value and commitment that Meridian Tech has for career education,” Hall said in the letter. “Meridian Tech has and continues to give thousands of men and women the skills and training they need to direct them on a career path of success. To be considered for appointment to the Board is a great honor. … Regretfully, I have learned that the state’s dual office holding law may render me unable to accept the nomination. I am currently serving my second term as the mayor of the city of Perry. After consulting attorneys specializing in municipal and state law, it appears that my acceptance of this appointment could cause me to vacate my position as mayor. … I must respectfully decline the nomination and make good on my promise to serve the citizens of Perry as their mayor until the end of my term.”

Major accepted Hall’s letter and will share it with the Board of Education at the Oct. 2 meeting.

“We were looking forward to Mr. Hall serving on the board. With his qualifications and community involvement, he would have been an excellent addition,” said Dana Wallace, Meridian’s director of communications and marketing..

The board now will look to fill the vacant seat. The person selected will serve until an election in February. The filing period is in December.


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