Makes Oklahoma history as first female recipient
(TULSA, Okla.) – Pam Polk, City Manager for Collinsville, Oklahoma, has been chosen by the City Management Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) to receive the Gerald Wilkins Award for outstanding performance. This award honors the late Gerald Wilkins, former OML President, longtime city manager and municipal advisor to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.
The Gerald Wilkins Award honors Polk for her energy, focus and determination, which have been transforming the City of Collinsville since July 2005 when she assumed the position of City Manager. In addition to her municipal work, Polk participates in the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce, the CMAO, and is the Executive Director of the Miss Collinsville Pageant. In addition to becoming the award’s first female nominee, Polk makes Oklahoma history as its first female recipient.
The City’s new police station, City Hall, community center, and trails surrounding the Collinsville lake are just a few of the projects that have benefited the City because of Polk’s management. As a grant writer, Polk has obtained approximately $40 million in grant funding for public infrastructure and quality of life improvements/enhancements during her 12-year tenure.
The CMAO annually receives nominations from cities in Oklahoma exceeding a population of 5,000 and chooses a recipient based on their service. Recipients of the award are credited with strengthening the city management form of government through their stable length of service to cities; dedication to the civic activities; and participation in, and contribution to, CMAO; and commitment to the ICMA Code of Ethics.
Polk will receive the award at the Oklahoma Municipal League awards breakfast on September 14, 2017 in Tulsa, OK.