City Manager's Corner

October 2021

I would like to once again, thank the community for the overwhelming support and welcoming of my wife and I to the City of Choctaw.  Over the past couple of months, I have been able to get out and meet with many residents to address community concerns as they have been identified.  This work will continue, as there is lots more that needs to be done.  I want to definitely ask for your patience as my team and I are building a culture of “People First.” This will not happen overnight, but we are moving in the right direction.  

In September, we held two amazing events in the Car Show and the Fishing Derby, and both were well received and attended by the community.  The funds raised for these events benefit our parks space directly and I look forward as we transition into 2022 and providing monthly events in our park spaces.  In order for this to happen, I will be working closely with the Public Recreation Advisory Board and the City Council in order to bring more community events. Over the next several weeks, basketball goals will be installed next to the large pavilion in the Choctaw Creek Park. I want to thank Jim Buys, the Public Recreation Advisory Board, Councilman Brent Pendergraft, and the many who donated funds to make the idea become a reality in our park.  

Lastly, I want to leave you all with a quote from Ken Blanchard.  “Servant-Leadership is all about making the goals clear, and then rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever it takes to help people or our community win.”  This is true, even if it means hopping on a zero-turn mower and helping mow park spaces alongside the team during a staffing shortage.  As I have stated to my team from day one, “I will never ask them to do anything I would not be willing to do myself.”  True Leadership must be for the benefit of the followers and/or community, and not to enrich those leading.  On behalf of my team, we have the ability to impact and affect change in a positive way for everyone in this community that we serve.  It will be our goal to strive to assure that we are making a difference, one positive interaction at a time.  

In the Spirit of Excellence! 

—Ronnie J. Guest Jr.