Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn earns national recognition for innovative governance
PORTLAND, ORE. - The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn with the association's prestigious 2011 County Courthouse Award for Innovative Governance.
was selected from over fifty entries as the Urban Category winner by an independent panel of judges.
was recognized for his
dedication to improving the lives of Oklahoma County's residents, including his
leadership in the county's acquisition of a shuttered General Motors manufacturing plant.
The county leased the facility to the area's largest single-site employer, Tinker Air Force Base.
By doing this, nearly all of the 2,400 jobs lost as a result of the plant closure are on track to be replaced.
"On behalf of the nation's counties, I commend Commissioner Vaughn for his bold leadership in turning a devastating economic hit on the community into economic boom," said NACo President Glen Whitley, county judge, Tarrant County, Texas.