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Cooper Tagged For Seat

To serve Until An Election

Chronicle News Services

Earlier this week, the City Council named Rev. Lee E. Cooper Jr. to serve as Ward 7’s councilman until a special election is held in August.

The pastor of the Prospect Baptist Church serves on the Oklahoma City Planning Commission.

He will be sworn-in on June 19.

City Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. resigned effective May 31 while facing allegations of embezzlement and tax fraud.

There were 18 applicants for the interim council position.

Mayor David Hold said it was important to fill the position as quickly as possible to ensure the northeast quadrant was represented and projects continued until the special election for a full term on Aug. 28.

Rev. Cooper promised council members he would not run for the seat.

The minister also gave up his position on the Oklahoma City Planning Commission until a permanent councilman is elected.

The mayor said the decision made in executive session during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting was surprisingly easy and that Rev. Cooper received praise from

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