DAVIS — Roger Pulley had developed roots since taking the position of city manager in August 2010. Having become a part of the community, Pulley will continue to call Davis home, but he will have a new job title.
Pulley has resigned his position of city manager to become the regional development specialist with the Department of Commerce. Pulley's new job will allow him to remain in Davis while helping create economic development in Murray County and surrounding southwest Oklahoma.
"It was very important to stay in Davis and remain part of the community," Pulley said. "My wife and I just love it here."
Pulley said the opportunity to work for the Department of Commerce allows him to focus on economic development, of which he has an extensive background.
"It is a passion and I will have an opportunity to work with city, county officials, retailers, manufacturers and other economic development groups," he said.
Pulley also noted the development that has taken place in Murray County through the Chickasaw Nation.
"I heard the number of $100 million or more they have earmarked to invest in the county and you can see that now," Pulley said. "It is bringing in 3.5 million visitors to the county. It is on the cusp of being a major tourist destination in the state.
"We want to partner with the Nation and realize a larger investment in Southwest Oklahoma, working along the I-35 corridor. Building business is good for everyone."
Pulley will begin his new job Jan. 28. His last council meeting will be Monday night. During the meeting, Pulley said discussions would take place about an interim city manager.
"I have had the opportunity to hire good people and feel assured the City of Davis will continue to grow," Pulley said. "I'm a little sad about leaving the job of city manager here. It has been a fruitful experience and I hopefully have done some good things here."