The public grand opening for the new $16 million offices of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is set to held from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 14 at 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd. in the State Capitol complex.
Leigh Gaddis, ODWC District 4 Commissioner served as chairman of the four-person ad hoc building committee that helped determine the furnishing, flooring and finishes for this new building, which was funded completely by proceeds from the sale of hunting, and fishing licenses, not Oklahoma taxpayers. Other building committee members include Bruce Mabrey (District 2), Bill Brewster (District 3) and John Zelbst (District 6).
As part of the ad hoc building committee, Ms. Gaddis and other committee members reviewed an array of samples and proposals related to the interiors of the new ODWC building, providing input on the selected interiors.
In addition, Gaddis and her husband, Roger, donated a selection of native Oklahoma stone slabs which are placed on the grounds of the ODWC building. The stone was taken from the Gaddises’ Blue Mountain Ranch in Pittsburg County.
In preparing for the dedication and opening of the new ODWC headquarters building, Gaddis encourages all Oklahomans, including those in ODWC District 4, to visit the new facility.
“The new Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation building is a beautiful structure and a tribute to all Oklahomans who value the natural environment of our state,” Gaddis said.
Commissioner Gaddis was appointed to the ODWC in 2014 and re-appointed to an eight-year term in 2016. As District 4 Commissioner, she represents Creek, Lincoln, Okfuskee, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Pontotoc, Hughes, Johnston and Coal counties. She is the co-founder of Ada-based Gaddis & Gaddis Wealth Management.