Bob Coburn accepted the position of Oklahoma Transportation Commissioner for District 1 today, and in doing so was required to resign from his office as Mayor of Muskogee.
“I am honored to continue to represent my home community on important transportation issues,” Coburn said. “The ODOT projects in Muskogee, including a proposed bypass, have reinforced the important role transportation has on commerce in our state and especially our local communities. I have loved being mayor, but had already announced that this would be my final term, and this opportunity gives me a way to continue in public service.”
Coburn is required by state regulations against dual office holding to resign as mayor to become Transportation Commissioner.
“If I could, I’d stay as mayor,” Coburn said. “I know the city is changing for the better. I am excited about our upcoming election to fund street improvements and I think we have a great city council that will keep us headed in the right direction.”
According to the city charter, Deputy Mayor Janey Boydston became Mayor upon Coburn’s resignation. She has taken her oath of office and there will be a ceremonial swearing-in and reception in the City Council Chambers at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8 before the council meeting begins at 5:30. A reception honoring Coburn and his more than seven years as Mayor of Muskogee is being scheduled and will be announced soon.
Coburn was appointed to his new post by Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat earlier today. Coburn will represent District 1 on the Oklahoma Transportation Commission. District 1 is comprised of Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, Okmulgee, McIntosh, Muskogee, Sequoyah and Wagoner Counties.