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Durant names new city manager

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John Dean was named Durant's new city manager on October 29, 2019. (KTEN) John Dean was named Durant's new city manager on October 29, 2019. (KTEN)
The Durant City Council welcomes John Dean, center, as the new city manager on October 29, 2019. (KTEN) The Durant City Council welcomes John Dean, center, as the new city manager on October 29, 2019. (KTEN)

DURANT, Okla. -- The City of Durant named its new city manager on Tuesday evening, but he's no stranger to Texoma.

The position, vacant for nearly three months, is being filled by John Dean.

"It's just good to be home," said the southeastern Oklahoma native. His most recent job was city manager of a Dallas suburb, Ovilla. But he's also handled municipal positions in Broken Bow and El Reno, Oklahoma.

Now he'll be tackling problems in a much bigger city, with a population of more than 18,000.

"I know we need some issues in waste water; we have street issues that need to be handled," Dean said. "There is water expansion that needs to happen, so those are some projects right off the bat that need to be taken care of... at least addressed."

Dean was one of the top three candidates for the city manager position. The City Council said he was an easy pick, and members are hopeful  he will help move Durant forward.

"We are thrilled! I don't know if you can tell how happy I am tonight," said Mayor Oden Grube, who had a contentious relationship with Dean's predecessor, Tim Rundel. "The Council sets policy, and the city manager carries out the policy. So hopefully we can all work as a team, work together, structure the city better."

John Dean starts his new job as Durant's city manager next Monday, November 4.

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