MARLOW, Okla._He's only 30 years old, but now his mission is to lead the City of Marlow into the future.
Brad Boles was chosen by the city council Tuesday night to take over for former mayor Bob Hill who stepped down last month. Now Boles says he wants to use his business expertise to point Marlow in the right direction.
There's no question that Boles knows how businesses think, he's the president of Wilco Machine and Fab, a company that employees over 500 people alone in Stephens County. And by having that business experience, this young mayor hopes he can bring a whole new world to Marlow in the form of economic development.
He plans on using the very same beliefs he implements everyday on the job in his new role as Marlow's mayor.
"It's not about any single one person. It's about a group of people coming together for the same purpose, to accomplish results," said Boles.
He's already had nearly a year of public service experience as a member of the Marlow School Board, a position that highlights one of his biggest passions in the community.
"I understand the importance of getting a world-class education because it's a world-class economy nowadays," said Boles. "But at the same time, I feel that it should be more locally controlled by the local school districts, administration and teachers, not the federal government."
Boles says the city has experienced remarkable improvements in the past few years like new sidewalks, a new city hall and even a new library on its way. Now he says Marlow can't stop there.
"We have all these activities going on, and now that we've paid for them, it's about maintaining our budget, maintaining these new facilities and figuring out how we can fully service the city with the budget that we have," said Boles.
Being the businessman that he is, bringing in new commerce is on the top of his list for the future. A big task that he says is all for the love for his hometown.
"I've lived in Marlow my whole life. I was born and raised here. I'm a Marlow Outlaw at heart so I just have a passion for the town and the people here. This is an opportunity to give back to them, and to continue moving Marlow to the future," said Boles.
Because of rules prohibiting the mayor to serve on any other community panel, Boles will have to resign from the Marlow School Board at their next meeting on April 7. From there, he will be officially sworn in as mayor at Marlow's next city council meeting on April 22.
Boles will serve out the rest of former mayor Bob Hill's term, which is set to expire next February.