The next city manager in Midwest City will be a familiar face. After spending nearly 19 years with the city, Assistant City Manager Tim Lyon will be promoted to city manager on June 13.
Lyon’s career in Midwest City started in 2000 as the director of human resources. In April 2007 he was promoted to assistant city manager. Prior to coming to the city, Lyon was the Deputy Director of the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma. He also worked for the Center for Local Government Technology at Oklahoma State University and the City of Edmond.
The Midwest City Council unanimously approved the contract with Lyon at their April 23 meeting.
“Rarely does a council get to set the long-term course for the city and we encountered that opportunity this year with the retirement of Guy Henson,” said Mayor Dukes. “The selection of Mr. Lyon made sense because of his institutional knowledge and background with the city. We look forward to him casting his vision for the city and taking the lead on a number of new projects and ongoing initiatives.”
Mayor Dukes said Lyon has “big shoes to fill” in following Guy Henson who is leaving June 12 after 40 years with the city. “Promoting Mr. Lyon will enable a seamless transition in leadership for both the community and the city staff.”
Lyon said, “I am very humbled and blessed for this opportunity to serve as the city manager for one of our state’s great municipalities with a tremendous mayor and city council. Each one of our elected officials brings skills and talents that not only help the city manager effectively manage operations but also aide in developing policy and successful growth for the Midwest City community.
“In October of this year I will have competed 19 years of loyal service to the City of Midwest City. I have reached a point in my career where I believe I am ready to accept this challenge,” he said.
As assistant city manager, Lyon has been responsible for the operations of emergency management, fire, neighborhood services, finance, risk management and safety, the city clerk’s office, municipal court and juvenile services as well as the city prosecutor’s office and the city attorney. He also supervises fleet services and the Sheraton Hotel at the Reed Conference Center.
“The City of Midwest City is blessed with a tremendous number of talented and competent department heads along with a dedicated staff of employees who work very hard each and every day to meet the needs of our citizens,” noted Lyon.
“It is critical that the city manager maintains this continuity and presses forward to advance a clear vision through goal-oriented strategic leadership of what we can accomplish together for this great community we all choose to live and serve in.
“Also, I believe the continuity of leadership could never be so important with all the major projects such as the $53 million dollars in general obligation projects to be completed in the next three to five years,” Lyon said.
Lyon has a Master of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Political Science from Oklahoma State University.
Lyon and his wife Rhonda have lived in Midwest City for the past 19 years. They have two adult children. Their son, Zach, is a firefighter in Stillwater and daughter, Shauna, is finishing the registered nursing program at OSU-OKC.