Tuesday’s Oklahoma City Council meeting was the last for two council members leaving under different circumstances.
Councilman Sam Bowman, who has served on the council for eight years, is voluntarily stepping down. Councilman Brian Walters, who served one four-year term, leaves office after losing a tightly contested Ward 5 election on March 1.
Bowman spoke for about 10 minutes about his time on the council, thanking those that worked for him and with him. Council members and staff praised Bowman for his diplomatic manner.
Walters spoke just about three minutes about the honor of serving on the council. Council members and staff thanked Walters for having the courage of his convictions and voting his conscience even when he knew he would be on the losing side. Walters was the only council member to vote against MAPS 3.
Both Bowman and Walters received standing ovations after their comments.
Walters will be replaced by accountant David Greenwell, who defeated Walters by about 450 votes during the March 1 primary.
Bowman stepped down without knowing who will take his Ward 2 seat. He will be replaced by either Ed Shadid or Charlie Swinton, who are opposing each other in today’s runoff.