A pair of state officials paid visits to Durant this week. State Treasurer Ken Miller was in town to speak at a class at Southeastern and visit with local bankers, and State Auditor Gary Jones was a presenter at a Thursday workshop hosted by Oklahoma Municipal League and the City of Durant.
Jones presented a session entitled “Financial Controls,” aimed at city clerks and council members as they continue their training in complex bidding and purchasing laws. The day-long meeting also touched on public records and the budgeting process, and was held at Kiamichi Technology Center.
Miller spoke in a political science class on Wednesday at SOSU, explaining his office’s role in state affairs.
“We like to get out and go see some of our partners in the business community and meet with our constituents as well as students,” said Miller, himself a professor at Oklahoma Christian University who was elected state treasurer in 2010. “We do business with a lot of banks so we try to make sure we keep local dollars in the community. They’re our partners.”
He said the state was experiencing a “pretty strong recovery” with growth and lower unemployment than the national average.