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Profile for Bill Scanlon

Bill Scanlon

Councilmember Bill Scanlon graduated from OU, and immediately entered the Air Force.  His assignments included command positions at Strategic Air Command (SAC) bases in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana, and staff assignments at SAC Headquarters in Omaha (twice), and the Pentagon (three times).  Staff assignments involved development and detailed analysis of Air Force budgets, and defending these budgets before Congress.  He retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service with the rank of Colonel.  Upon military retirement, he joined the Northrop Grumman Corporation— putting his analytical experience and expertise to work in support of a number of military agencies and civilian organizations.  Retiring a second time, he came home to Norman.  In addition to a BBA from OU, he earned an MS in Economics (South Dakota State University), an MS in Management (Salve Regina University), an MA in National Security Studies (United States Naval War College) and a Certificate in Advanced Management Studies (Georgetown University).

Ward Six includes the area between 12th Avenue NW and 36th Avenue NE, with a northern boundary of Indian Hills Road and a portion between 12th Avenue NE and 24th Avenue NE with a southern boundary of Alameda Street.

Councilmember Scanlon served on the Citizen Storm Water Committee and the Public Safety Oversight Committee.  He has also served several terms on his neighborhood homeowners association Board of Directors.  He’s a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy (CPA) and has served on the CPA Alumni Association Board.  He’s volunteered and assisted in such projects as the Police Activities League (for at risk middle school students) and the Crime Free Multi-Family Program (designed to improve safety and security at apartment units and condominiums).  He’s participated in the annual “Point in Time” project to assist Norman’s homeless, and he’s a (State Supreme Court) certified mediator for the Norman Municipal Court.

Councilmember Scanlon married Joan, an Air Force nurse, and has depended on her support for five decades.  They have seven grown children, including four who call Norman home.

Councilmember Scanlon serves on the Business and Community Affairs Committee and the Finance Committee.  He also serves as Council’s representative on the Animal Welfare Oversight Committee.