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County employees recognized for “Safety First!”

Numerous Comanche County employees were recognized for outstanding safety achievements at the weekly Commissioners’ meeting on Monday.  Each year, the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma (ACCO) recognizes employees who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25+ years without an accident or safety claim.

All employees receive a certificate.  Those with less than 25 years receive a $25 gift card as a safety award.  Those with 25 or more years receive a jacket provided by ACCO.

Awards are based on the employee’s continuous service without a reportable injury.  A reportable injury is considered any lost time or incurred expense payable by the County or work comp insurance.

Over the past six years, Comanche County’s safety program has drastically reduced the number of accidents and injuries, which in turn has greatly reduced workers’ compensation claims and premiums.

Eligibility for the safety awards is broken into two categories; high and low hazard occupations.  Employees who are considered to be low hazard (i.e. clerical and elected officials) are not eligible for the annual safety award until they have completed 10 years of service without injury.  Those considered to be high risk (i.e. road crews, detention center, sheriff, juvenile bureau, etc.) are eligible after five years of continual service.

The following employees were recognized for their outstanding safety achievements.

5 year Employees

  • Dale Cagle
  • Mark Cain
  • Jordan Crain
  • Robert Gustafson
  • Charles Guthrie
  • William Hobbs
  • Wendall McCrary
  • Wanda Oliver
  • Heather Sanders
  • David Stroud
  • Christelle Sutherland
  • Anthony West

10 year Employees

  • Mark Barefoot
  • Brenda Brown
  • Wayne Chism
  • James Dorrell
  • Kim Geiger
  • Sheila Hawk
  • Charlesetta Hennings
  • Tim Krusinsky
  • Bobby Mansel
  • Helen McNeal
  • Perry Runyan
  • Jeff Sparks
  • Carrie Tubbs

15 year Employees

  • David Daugherty
  • Carrie DeBoard
  • Charlotte Dees
  • William Sanders
  • Richard Sellers

20 year Employees

  • Donna Howell
  • John Stowe
  • Vicki Walters

25 year Employees

  • Monica Baughman
  • Carol Cox

30 year Employee

  • Earlene Shriver

PRESS RELEASE – Comanche Nation supports Burn Ban

Comanche Nation Public Information Office
June 28, 2011 

The Comanche Nation is honoring and supporting the Burn Ban set by the Comanche County Commissioners Office. No fireworks are to be set off on Indian Trust Land.

There is No Tolerance. The Comanche Nation Law Enforcement will be monitoring Trust LandProperties and will issue citations. You can be fined for Violation of the Burn Ban -Wreckless Burning/Exploding and will be fined up to $10,000 and/or spend up to one year in jail if prosecuted, per CFR Codes.

If a fire spreads from Trust Land to Non-Trust Land, you will be liable for all damages.

PRESS RELEASE – Comanche Co. Burn Ban

The Comanche County Board of Commissioners implemented a 30-day burn ban Monday morning due to extreme drought conditions and wildfire danger.  Commissioners were adamant toward a “NO tolerance” policy against ALL fireworks, including public displays.  The burn ban makes it a misdemeanor with a $1,000 fine and/or jail up to one (1) year for violation of the burn ban.

Exceptions include the following;

  • Construction projects using propane or other controlled-type burners need to have a water pumper on standby anytime the equipment is used near a grassy right of way.
  • Welding, cutting torch or grinding activities for business are allowed, provided they are conducted over a non-combustible surface at least 10 feet wide and welding blankets or screens are used to cover the flammable vegetation; and 1) Wind speeds must be less than 20mph and 2) A fire watcher, other than the welder, is present at the site with a pressurized water or fire extinguisher.
  • Campfires and bonfires are PROHIBITED. LPG, natural gas and charcoal outdoor cooking in a grilling receptacle are permitted provided the activity is conducted over a non-flammable surface AND at least five (5) feet from flammable vegetation.

Court Clerk receives certification

Robert Morales, Comanche County Court Clerk, was recently honored at the Court Clerks Association of Oklahoma’s Annual School for completing the Court Clerk Certification Program.  The county officer training program requires 60 hours of course instruction via Oklahoma State University.

The County Court Clerks Association of Oklahoma instituted a voluntary certification program in 1998, which includes two modules: a management course module and a court clerk specific module. Thirty hours of courses from each module are required for certification. Each court clerk selects courses at their own discretion from each module. The program must be completed within four years.

Since the program’s inception, more than 182 court clerks have successfully completed the program.

Course work for court clerks and their deputies encompasses court clerk-specific courses on topics such as bail bonds, civil and criminal appeals, record confidentiality, juvenile procedures, reports and forms, statute reference, and legislative process.

The program also contains management courses such as supervisory skills, change management, overview of county government, the county budget process, customer service, the open records act, and fundamentals of administration and management.

Courses in the certification program are conducted through the County Training Program, part of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at Oklahoma State University. The County Training Program is mandated by state statute and is authorized under the Commission on County Government Personnel Education and Training.

Instructors from OSU teach the classes for county officers and deputies at various locations throughout the state, and on the university’s campuses in Stillwater, Tulsa, and Oklahoma City. In addition to court clerks, the OSU staff also conducts dozens of classes each year for other county officer certification programs. Many of the courses, which are usually taught in a classroom setting for 25-40 people, are attended by representatives from each of the elective and appointive agencies in county government.

More information about educational training for county officers may be obtained by contacting the County Training Program on the Stillwater campus at 405-744-6160, or by visiting the website at

Citizens can now receive emergency messages via Nixle

City of Lawton/Comanche County Emergency Management (CCEM) announced today it will utilize a new mass notification system that allows officials to send emergency information directly to residents via text and/or email.

Nixle is a FREE service that allows public safety officials to create and publish messages for subscribed residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. There is NO spam and no hidden cost. Standard text messaging rates do apply. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s web site at

The types of emergencies and notifications Nixle can be used for include, but are not limited to, the following;* Weather watches, advisories and warnings* Evacuations* Fire in your area that could put you at risk;* Bomb threats;* Hostage situations;* Drinking water contamination or boil water notice;* Missing persons;* For any emergency reason deemed necessary by city/county officials.

“Technology must be utilized by municipal agencies to help keep citizens informed. Citizens are utilizing technology, whether on their phone or computer, and they want to know what’s happening. Now we can inform them directly on their phone or computer within seconds,” stated Larry Mitchell, city manager for the City of Lawton.

The messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a ¼ mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.

Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from our agency via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.

“We want communications with our citizens to be timely, effective, and trusted. Nixle gives emergency management a SECURE, easy-to-use, and cost effective way to share emergency information with residents,” added Clint Wagstaff, emergency manager for the City of Lawton & Comanche County.

Residents of Comanche County can immediately begin receiving emergency information via text message, email, and web by registering at

*view KSWO-TV story