By Conrad Dudderar
David Enmark has been ready to take the next step in his civic service to Yukon.
A Yukon Planning Commission member since 2020, Enmark has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the five-member Yukon City Council.
The opening was created Sept. 12 with the resignation of Ward 4 Council Member Aric Gilliland.
“I am focused on continuing the work that Aric has done to support our community and its citizens,” Enmark said after his Sept. 19th appointment.
The incoming Ward 4 council representative is excited to step in to help make Yukon the “city of choice” across the metro area.
Enmark will receive the oath of office at the next city council meeting Oct. 3 and finish the final seven months of an unexpired four-year term.
The next four-year term starts in May 2024.
A Ward 4 election for the new term would be during the first quarter of 2024 if more than one candidate files for the seat.
Enmark joined the Yukon Planning Commission at Gilliland’s behest to work with the City of Yukon to upgrade the Yukon Comprehensive Plan and Yukon City Code.
He also served as chairman of the Yukon Capital Projects Advisory Board, evaluating Yukon’s needs and the opportunity to best support and grow the community.
“We need to continue our focus on our infrastructure and position that infrastructure to support our growth,” Enmark said.
Enmark believes Yukon city leaders must attract more business to Yukon – north of 10th Street – to drive sales tax dollars into this community – rather than watch those dollars leave this city.
N.W. 10th is the dividing line between Yukon and Oklahoma City. All sales tax collected at businesses on the south side benefit the City of Oklahoma City – not Yukon.
“We need to work with Oklahoma City to be better neighbors to Yukon and work together on capital needs to better support one of the fastest growing zip codes in the country,” Enmark added.
Other Yukon City Council members are Mayor Shelli Selby (Ward 2), Vice Mayor Jeff Wootton (At-Large), Donna Yanda (Ward 3), and Rodney Zimmerman (Ward 1).
Yanda’s term also expires in 2024 and she cannot run for re-election to the Ward 3 post due to term limits.
Enmark moved to Yukon in 2009 from southern Indiana after being relocated for work.
Ironically, he and wife Kristen are now 14 years into their intended three-year home. They have been married 25 years.
“We loved the town and people and decided to keep our kids here throughout their school years,” Enmark said.
Their oldest daughter Erin, who came to Yukon in the middle of third grade, graduated in 2019 from Yukon High School and this year from the University of Arkansas.
Youngest daughter Alexandra, a YHS senior, is captain of the tennis team and very involved in theater.
Enmark works for the True Value Company as the vice president of retail operations for the United States.
“True Value is based in Chicago but has graciously allowed me to stay in Yukon and work remotely,” he shared. “I have been with True Value for 10 years.
“That work has allowed me to work with cities and municipalities across the country as we have opened new locations and supported local communities throughout the U.S.”
Wife Kristen owns and manages a small business, EDC Belt Co., and is president of the Yukon tennis booster club.