By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2023
Commissioner Dan DeLozier of District 1, Commissioner Ron Burrows of District 3, and County Assessor Scott Marsh took oath - administered by Judge Stephen Pazzo - to faithfully execute duties of their respective offiice.
Rogers County began the new year with the swearing-in ceremony of three re-elected officials Tuesday during the regular Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting.
Commissioner Dan DeLozier of District 1, Commissioner Ron Burrows of District 3, and County Assessor Scott Marsh took oath –– administered by Judge Stephen Pazzo –– to faithfully execute duties of their respective office.
Additionally, they vowed to support, preserve, and defend the Constitution and laws of the country and the State of Oklahoma.
Of being re-elected and sworn-in, the Commissioners mirrored similar major dedications.
DeLozier, entering his fifth term as commissioner, said he looks forward to serving the county again. “I have been a public servant for many years, and I will continue to focus on the priorities of the county and appreciate the opportunity to do so.”
Of those priorities, he said, public safety is an area he will continue to improve in his district’s infrastructure by lessening roadway congestion, increase road-widening projects (as well as asphalt overlay and chip seal projects), and address low-water crossings with steel bridge structures.
Replacement of two troublesome low-water crossings can be seen at S. 4210 Rd. between E. 290 Rd. and E. 300 Rd. and S. 4190 Rd. at E. 380 Rd.
Aside from supporting roads and bridges, Commissioners play an integral role in making major financial plans and decisions on behalf of the county, which also includes oversight of all officers that handle county funds. Some other responsibilities include setting up/enforcing county rules, regulations, policies, and procedures; reapportioning commissioner districts following criteria from the Census Bureau; and maintaining cemeteries. They also serve on many boards that affect the county and volunteer in the community.
Entering his third term, Burrows said as commissioner, he has worked diligently the past two terms to do his best every day and listen to Rogers County citizens. He said his main priorities have not shifted from when he was first elected. “I will continue to undertake the fiscal responsibility of the county in areas of balancing the county’s budget, promote economic development, enhance public safety and improve infrastructure projects,” he said.
“As County Commissioners our main responsibility is to be the business managers of the County, which includes policymaking and balancing the County’s budget. But it also entails the county’s future, whether economically or by its fast-growing population, in addition to public safety. I look forward to another four years as we continue to position ourselves for more growth and economic opportunities.”
Marsh is entering his fourth term as Assessor, and April will mark 13 years as Assessor. In total he has worked 26 years in the Assessor's Office.
He said, “I plan on doing my best to serve the taxpayers of Rogers County by following the State Statutes and the Oklahoma Constitution, while being a good steward of taxpayer funds as well as County property. The taxpayer always comes first.”
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