Ernie Currier’s last act as Enid mayor Tuesday night will be anticlimactic. He will read a proclamation and hand over the gavel to incoming Mayor John Criner.

For Criner, it will be the culmination of something he has dreamed of for years.

“I don’t even have a speech planned. It’s not my style,” Currier said.

Currier has been on the commission for six years, about half of that as mayor. Currier was serving as Ward 6 city commissioner when he was appointed mayor in May 2004 after the death of Mayor Irv Honigs-berg.

Looking back, he said he’s had no disappointments during his mayoral term and doesn’t take credit for things that occurred positively during his administration.

“Even if there are issues that occurred that I was not in favor of, I see those as part of the process,” Currier said. “We are a democratic government and sometimes not everyone agrees. I don’t see any real disappointments.”

Any positives were part of a team effort, and he said no one person can take credit for it. Successes were things everyone worked hard on, he said. He said he was able to forge stronger relationships with the military, Garfield Coun-ty and the Garfield County Fair Board while he was in office.

Those were areas in which there has been tension in the past, he said.

“I take pride in that. I believed a community our size should be a cohesive, united front,” he said. “I take pride in working relationships with all those entities. It’s easy for people in office to take credit for things. I don’t believe in looking for folks to blame.”

As his term as mayor ends, Currier said he plans to concentrate on his career with Security National Bank. In his spare time, he will ride his motorcycle .

“I’m not going to sit back in my home and second guess what they (city commission) are doing,” he said.

Criner said he is excited about the opportunity to serve and realizes he has a big job ahead of him. Criner said the commission will confront the problems, solve them, then move on.

“At the end of four years, people will feel good about living in Enid, Okla-homa,” he said. “I have good people on the council with me, and I look forward to working with them. There are no problems that can’t be solved. Some will be tough and we don’t have all the money in the world.”

Criner has been meeting with City Manager Eric Benson for a week and said Benson told him last week about the closing of some pedestrian bridges across Boggy Creek in Enid. Criner said he thought drainage or cleanup would be his biggest issues — and they still are important — but he said the city absolutely must do something about its bridges.

“It will be a difficult four years, but I’m not disillusioned or overwhelmed. I know the council will take care of it, we must protect the citizens,” he said.

Criner asked Enid residents to be tolerant of commissioners, saying he realizes everyone has individual needs and desires, but he said commissioners must take the best path for the majority of residents.

Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6:30 at city hall, 401 W. Garriott.


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