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Commissioner Stacy says county govt is "closest to the people"

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Cleveland County District 2 Commissioner Darry Stacy speaks to the Norman Tea Party on Thursday.
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Stacy addresses the duties and responsibilities of a county commissioner to Norman Tea Party

NORMAN, Okla. – The actual duties and responsibilities of a county commissioner were addressed Thursday at a meeting of the Norman Tea Party.

The meeting, held at the First Assembly of God Church on Lindsey Street, featured Cleveland County District 2 Commissioner Darry Stacy, who explained that his role is a part of county government that is “closest to the people.”

Stacy said county government is mostly present in the day-to-day life of the citizen in ways which include the maintaining and building the road and bridge infrastructure,  transportation-related matters, health care facilities and justice and public safety issues.

“I think federal and state government can take a lot of lessons from what we do,” Stacy said.

Offering a bit of a history lesson, Stacy explained that the origin of the American county system dates back to 1080 in England during the era Norman conquests, when English shires were a reality. This county system of government was later used by the English in their American colonies and continues today.

Also present during Stacy’s presentation to the Norman Tea Party group were conservative political candidates including: James Taylor, Rob Standridge, Mike Reynolds, Leon Sugg and Jerry Lang.

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Cleveland County’s population is over 270,000 residents, he said, which place the county in the third position after Oklahoma and Tulsa. Stacy added a third of the national counties are losing population.

However, he added that Cleveland County has the fastest growing population in the state for counties over 150,000 inhabitants saying, “We are actually bucking the trend.”

As for his job as county commissioner, a job he is often asked to explain, he says he spends a lot of time at the Cleveland County Courthouse in Norman, where among his duties is to review contracts and to plan various fiscal aspects of county government.

Stacy’s District 2 includes over 600 miles of road straddled between Moore, Norman and Oklahoma City. And all of it must be maintained, which is also an important duty as county commissioner.

According to, Stacy the main programs of District 2 is the Community Development Block (CDBG) grant financed by the federal government.

“We receive this program from the Federal government due to the disasters that occurred in District 2 in Cleveland County,” Stacy said, noting the CDBG grant finance primarily infrastructure projects.

Stacy added the District 2 received about $30 million in road and infrastructures projects for the city of Norman for a total budget of the county of $34 million.

“That is absolutely an amazing number,” Stacy said. “You can imagine how this is put us ahead on infrastructures projects, probably a decade or more.”

Stacy said the work of the District 2 it is also to clean and fix infrastructures during weather disaster such as snow and tornado such as on May 19 in Little Axe area.

“Our crews worked day and night 24/7 assisting in clean up after the tornado,” Stacy said.

Without the county crews and workers it will be difficult for the police and firemen to intervene.

Stacy explained that for Cleveland County’s government to continue to be successful, continued cooperation between the three districts and with the others levels of government must continue.

“I am a big believer in building partnerships,” Stacy said. “When we come together and we work together we can accomplish more and do it cheaper and more economically.”

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