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March 30, 2014

Boles appointed Marlow city mayor

MARLOW — MARLOW — Brad Boles had accomplished a lot.

At 24, he became the president of Wilco Machine and Fab, Marlow’s largest manufacturing company.

 Now, at the ripe old age of 30, he’s the mayor of Marlow, his hometown.

 Boles, appointed Tuesday, takes over the position recently vacated by Bob Hill. Boles will finish out Hill’s term, with less than a year remaining, before having to run for election to the position.

“When Bob Hill resigned, there was an opportunity, especially with my history with Marlow,” Boles said. “Mayor is a key role in the city. I’m a Marlow Outlaw by heart. To serve in that role definitely interested me. It’s an opportunity to give back to the city, to the people who supported me.”

Boles was born and raised in Marlow. Aside from his time earning his associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and his MBA, Boles has lived his entire life in Marlow.

Through his business and his involvement in the community, Boles has made numerous connections he thinks will benefit Marlow residents.

He is a member of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and a member of the State Chamber Board. He has met with legislators and visited congressmen in Washington, D.C.

“I have made connections throughout the state,” Boles said. “It gives me good resources to work with.”

Being the president of a large company, Boles also has experience at looking at a budget, which could come in handy during the budget season for the City of Marlow.

He said it’s essential to understand budgeting, and through his company, he understands the cause and effect of revenue coming in and going out. He said he won’t shy away from tough decisions.

He said his time with his company will not conflict with his role as mayor. He believes he can dedicate enough time to both, recognizing the daily operations of the city are run by the city staff, headed by City Administrator Jason McPherson.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a conflict,” Boles said. “The city manager runs the city. He’s on top of things, and I have a great relationship with him.”

Outside of work, Boles remains involved in various community aspects, including serving as a deacon of First Baptist Church in Marlow. He also teaches Sunday school to fifth and sixth-grade boys.

His faith has a significant impact on his life and provides his direction. Being a Christian is a large part of who he is, he said.

“Money and success is materialistic,” Boles said. “I can let it go. My faith in God and Jesus Christ is the foundation. You have good times and bad times, and I have seen them both.

“There’s something that drives who we are, that drives people’s decisions. Christians should get more involved in leadership and politics. Jesus Christ gives me the support to challenge me to make good decisions.”

Boles earned his associate’s degree from Eastern Junior College, where he played baseball. He received his business bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University, where he continued to play baseball. He also received a dual MBA in finance and management.

Although he doesn’t play baseball any longer, he hopes to teach his children the game when they get older. Boles is married to Michelle, and they have two children: Kristen, 3, and Matthew, 1.

Boles described his leadership style as “servant leadership,” where he works with people instead of over people.

“People have respect for you,” he said. “You’re working together, not against each other. The best results use that leadership style.”

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