Deputy Mayor Janey Boydston took the oath of office today to become Muskogee’s Mayor. Boydston replaces Bob Coburn, who took office in 2012 and resigned today to become District 1 Oklahoma Transportation Commissioner.
“It’s an honor to step in for Mayor Coburn,” said Boydston. “He’s a good friend and I’m happy for him. He will make sure ODOT listens to communities like Muskogee when they are making their decisions in the future.”
Boydston has been Deputy Mayor of Muskogee since 2018 and served on the City Council from 2000 to 2008 and from 2015 until her elevation to the office of Mayor earlier today.
“Muskogee is headed in the right direction and we have an opportunity to take a big step forward with street improvements with next month’s election,” Boydston said. “I am excited to work with our great city council as we move Muskogee forward together.”
Boydston will fill the remainder of Coburn’s term, which ends in 2020. The Muskogee City Charter calls for Boydston’s council seat to be filled by an appointee selected by the remaining members of the council, to serve until the next regular election, also in 2020.
Boydston was born and raised in Muskogee. She went through the Muskogee school system and graduated from Muskogee Central High School with the class of 1951. She worked 22 years for attorneys Chester Norman, Chal Wheeler and Judge Mike Norman. Boydston owned and operated Cagle's Flowers and Gifts before turning the business over to her daughter, Becky Hearon. Since that time, Boydston has volunteered at the flower shop.
She is an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Muskogee Rotary Club, A More Beautiful Muskogee and is interested in all things involving the growth of Muskogee and betterment of the quality of life of its citizens.
There will be a ceremonial swearing-in and reception in the City Council Chambers at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2019 before the council meeting begins at 5:30. A reception honoring Coburn and his more than seven years as Mayor of Muskogee is being scheduled and will be announced soon.