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Lawton City Attorney retires

Lawton_Lawton City Attorney John Vincent will retire from his position after 10 years, effective January 2, 2009.  After living here for 16 years, and spending a decade as city attorney, Vincent is following past Assistant City Manager Greg Buckley to Muskogee, Oklahoma.  Buckley made his move to take the Muskogee City Manager job in February, and asked Vincent to join him there.  "I thought he was joking," said Vincent.  "He confronted the City Manager, Larry Mitchell, and I at a function, and told me in front of Mr. Mitchell that he was going to recruit me to Muskogee.  Both Mr. Mitchell and I thought, ‘He's gotta be kidding.  He wouldn't do that in front of Larry and mean it.'"

Buckley wasn't kidding, and the offer to bring Vincent closer to his family was too good for him to pass up.  "This gets me back closer to the northeastern part of the state where my brother and two daughters live," he said.  City Council members say they are sad to see him go.  "I know it's an opportunity for John to be closer to his family, his kids, and grandkids, but we hate to lose him," said Randy Warren.  Vincent says he'll miss the City of Lawton, too.  "Most about the City of Lawton will be the people I know here, my golf buddies, Fort Sill - I enjoy Fort Sill. I enjoy the wildlife refuge."

Vincent will begin work in Muskogee on January 12.  The City Council is expected to announce his successor on Tuesday evening. 

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