By Conrad Dudderar
Mitchell Hort, a City of Yukon employee for the past 24 years, has been named assistant city manager.
Hort had been Yukon’s development services director.
Hort succeeds Tammy Kretchmar, who recently was promoted to become Yukon’s new city manager. Hort sees himself in a “supporting role,” offering his extensive experience in building trades and development.
“Tammy is going to do very well,” he said. “She’s what we needed right now, definitely.”
The new assistant city manager referred to the need for continued orderly development inside Yukon’s city limits.
“I’m just one person; it takes a village,” Hort said. “We have a very knowledgeable planning commission and city council.
“We work very well together because we all see the need for development.”
Kretchmar – who joined the City of Yukon in 1996 – had been Yukon’s assistant city manager for 10 years before the city council selected her to succeed Jim Crosby as city manager.
“Tammy is the one who makes the decisions with the council’s input,” Hort said. “I think we’re going to work very well together because we know each other and have years of experience together as well as with the current staff.
“All of our staff has been here quite a while, so that helps going forward. We’re all going to work together really well because we know what the goal is in the end.”
STARTED IN 1997
Hort began his service to the City of Yukon in 1997 as development services director.
He started his municipal government career in the early 1980s with the City of Woodward and served as code enforcement director there before coming to Yukon.
In June 2017, Hort took on the added responsibility of assistant to the city manager, before being officially named recently as Yukon’s assistant city manager.
“It’s been great being part of the team,” the soft-spoken Hort said. “It’s been exciting seeing the town grow – and being part of that growth.
“I’m not the decision-maker but being involved in it has been very interesting. Bringing business to town; that’s our lifeblood.”
A graduate of Oklahoma City University, Hort has a degree in Professional Studies with a concentration in Technical Management.
He continued his education throughout the years and obtained many invaluable certifications, including being the first Master Code Official in the State of Oklahoma through the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA).
BOCA even presented him with the Presidential Service Award for service on the Building Code Development Committee in 1998.
Hort belongs to several committees, including Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) Legislative Committee; City Management Association of OK; Association of Central Oklahoma Governments; and Metro Area Building Inspectors Group.
Most recently, he was appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt as a board member of the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission.