The Enid City Commission is entering a new chapter with the departure of Mayor Bill Shewey and termed-out commissioners Ron Janzen and Tammy Wilson.

We wish all of these generous, dedicated public servants good luck in the future. And we welcome a new Enid commissioner to the fold.

On May 21, David Mason was named to fill the Ward 6 seat on the commission, which was vacated when George Pankonin was elected mayor and assumed that office May 7. Mason will serve out the rest of the term until May 2021.

Mason said he’s always felt very strongly about community service. We agree that a city can only be as strong and progressive as its citizens.

Once a public school teacher in Oklahoma, Mason owned and operated a construction business before becoming an insurance agent and moving to Enid in 2007. He lived here until work took him to Pennsylvania in 2010 and returned to Oklahoma in 2012.

Mason retired two years ago and currently serves on Me­­tropolitan Area Planning Com­mission. While previously working for Farmers Insurance Group, he helped created “Bowling for Babies” and raised around $40,000 for the March of Dimes.

Raised in Altus, Mason also has served on the boards for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, Grand National Quail Club and was president of the Enid Rotary Club from 2017-2018.

Fortunately, there were several qualified candidates considered for Enid’s vacancy on the commission. We thank Jack E. “Pappy” Beam III, Roy Schneider and Michael “Mike” Stu­ber for filing for the open seat and being willing to serve.

In the study session before the vote, Mason said described himself as a hard worker and as being effective at making hard decisions.

“I want to be a part of the Kaw Lake project for several reasons,” Mason said. “I think it’s going to be a great project. However, when you jump out there and spend $350 million on a project that’s going to take three to four years, having been in the construction business, I know that those overruns can happen very, very quickly. And you take a 10 percent overrun on that amount of money, that can get out of hand real, real quick.

“So, I think it’s going to be very important as a commission that we look at that and question everything that happens and just try to be studious of those dollars.”

Like all good representatives, we trust that Mason will put in the necessary time to do the homework required to serve on the commission. He’s pledged to work hard to make our community continually improve, and we welcome him aboard.

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