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Broken Arrow Mayor Awards Recognition

Mayor Craig’s Accomplishments and Recognized Awards

Mayor Craig Thurmond was first elected to City Council in 2001 and served as Vice Mayor from 2003-07 and again from 2010-12. Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond has worked diligently over the last 8 years to make Broken Arrow a safer, more development and opportune place to both work, live and build a life for residents like all of us. Mayor Thurmond has played an integral role in forming Cities United. Our local Mayor, Craig Thurmond worked alongside a group of other metropolitan Tulsa Mayors and City Managers to capture the retiring Tulsa County Vision 2025 Sales Tax. Due to this major change and accomplishment, the City of Broken Arrow was able to hire 40 new police officers and firefighters over a 5 year period. This was largely due to massive efforts of progress toward street rehabilitation and an increase in overall public safety for residents and the community of Broken Arrow.

2016 Oklahoma Conference of Mayors – Selected Mayor of the Year

Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond was selected in 2016 for the prestigious award of Mayor of the Year by the Oklahoma Conference of Mayors. This was a proud day for Mayor Craig because after 8 years of volunteering his time and service to our local community as mayor and 19 years serving on the city council, the recognition and award for his hard work was both humbling and also, very well-deserving.

“I can’t think of a more deserving public servant than Craig Thurmond, who is one of the hardest working people I know. So much of the success that’s happened in Broken Arrow is directly related to Mayor Thurmond’s ability to forge partnerships and get things done. I’m proud to serve alongside him in the Broken Arrow City Council.”
-Richard Carter, Former Vice Mayor

2018 Most Liveable Small City in the United States – US Conference of Mayors

Because of Broken Arrow Mayor, Craig Thurmond’s efforts toward public safety, Thurmond was presented the award for first place at the 2018 City Livability Awards Program by the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ at the 86th Annual Meeting located in Boston, Massachusetts.

This award is particularly special because this provides insight into the actual, tangible progress and results executed under the leadership of Mayor Craig. This award is sponsored by the Conference of Mayors and Waste Management, Inc., the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider. The award proves the mayoral leadership under Craig Thurmond’s tenure. During this time, he has helped in developing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities. This award focuses on leadership, creativity, execution as well as innovation. A strong candidate for this award must display all of these attributes.

“Our City Livability Awards Program gives us the chance to express our pride in cities’ mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable,” said Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director of the Conference of Mayors. “We are grateful to Waste Management for its many years of support for the City Livability Awards Program, and for the opportunity to showcase the innovation and commitment of mayors and city governments across the country.”

“Receiving the City Livability Award is a tremendous honor for Broken Arrow,” said Broken Arrow Mayor Thurmond. “Not so long ago, Main Street was almost derelict, with very few businesses and zero foot traffic. Today, residents and visitors will find a vibrant downtown with unique restaurants, local artisan products, entertainment and cultural experiences that have transformed our Rose District into one of the most popular destinations in the region.”

This award was selected by a pool of former mayors of over 150 applicants. Not only is Mayor Craig Thurmond recognized as a pillar of progress to his community, but colleagues all across the United States recognize Mayor Craig for his outstanding leadership skills and the redevelopment and revitalization of The Rose Distric. We encourage you to do your research on the efforts of Mayor Craig toward progress and opportunity by visiting his website at

Additional Awards and Recognition

America’s 50 Best Cities to Live 24/7 Wall Street – 2018 Ranked 19th City in America 24/7 Wall Street, 2019 Ranked 29th

2018 Best City in the Country for First Time Homebuyers by Wallet Hub

Broken Arrow Mayor, Thurmond has also served on several boards and committees, including:

  • Chairman of the Regional Metropolitan Utility Authority
  • The Indian National Council of Governments (INCOG) Board of Directors
  • Oklahoma Municipal League of Board of Directors
  • Tulsa Home Builder’s Association Board of Directors
  • National League of Cities Board of Directors for 2016 and 2017. Now Advisory Council Member. This organization represents over 18,000 cities and towns in the United States.
  • National League of Cities Community and Economic Development Advocacy Committee from 2005 through the present serving as the 2016 Chairman. While serving as Chairman of this Committee Craig testified on Capitol Hill during Infrastructure Week bringing a great deal of attention to the great things taking place in Broken Arrow.
  • National League of Cities Nomination Committee 2018
  • Current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Building, Technology and Safety (IBTS), a national non-profit that provides solutions to Federal, State, and Local Governments.
  • Tulsa County Vision Authority
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communication Committee
  • Broken Arrow Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Tulsa County Conservation District Board of Directors (1997-2016) including a two year term as chairman
  • Founding Member and Co-Chair of the Cities United, a group of Tulsa Metro Cities that meet monthly to work on community issues. This organization is currently focusing on ways to obtain additional funding for Teacher Pay Raises