PUBLIC OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
Many people know of Commissioner Doke’s involvement during the 2019 Flood. His use of Social Media to communicate with the public likely saved many lives. The “impossible road” that the county built over the mountain in Braggs to reach trapped residents made National News. Doke received a citation from the state of Oklahoma for his unprecedented leadership during the tragic event. However, many do not know of his efforts after the event, which led to the state of Oklahoma receiving over $36 Million in a supplemental congressional appropriation for disaster recovery. For those efforts, Doke was named the 2021 Public Official of the Year.
As the primary architect of the county budget, Ken Doke helped Muskogee County create the first BALANCED BUDGET for the first time in nearly a decade. By the second year into Ken’s 4-year term, the county has not experienced any more deficit budgets and has remained balanced during his tenure.
Ken Doke has served as …
– Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for Muskogee County
– Chairman of Muskogee County Economic Authority
– Chairman of Eastern Oklahoma Community Development
– CEO of the 7-County Workforce Development Board
– Chairman of the 18-County Regional Workforce Board
– Member of the Governor’s Council for Workforce & Economic Development
– Under Ken’s leadership, unemployment rates have dropped from 6.8% to less than 4% in Muskogee County
ROADS & BRIDGES
Ken Doke has obtained funding for and spent over 75 million dollars on road and bridge projects throughout Muskogee County District 1. The lion’s share of those funds have come from outside of Muskogee County in the form of grants, partnerships, tribes, state, and federal monies. Many of the old chipped roads have been repaired and are now paved and striped. Many gravel roads have been built up and drainage added or repaired. The massive issue with brush and overgrowth that has plagued the county for decades is slowly being eliminated. At the start of Ken’s term, there were 127 deficient bridges in Muskogee County. That number is down to less than 50.