Larry Heikkila was elected as the 61st mayor of Norman in 2022. Previously, he served the citizens of Norman with seventeen years of service as an employee of the City of Norman. As an employee he served as the City of Norman Street Supervisor, then as a Personnel Analyst, and finally as the Safety Manager. He retired from the City of Norman in April, 2014. He also retired in 2010, after twenty-six years of service in the United States Navy. During his service, he served four years in the Submarine Force, and twenty two years as a US Navy Seabee. He retired as the Command Master Chief, 9th Naval Construction Regiment. Prior to his election as mayor, he served as the Chairman of the Excise Board and Equalization Board, Vice-Chair of the Tax Roll Correction Board and as a Member of the Industrial Authority for Cleveland County. He is a member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. In 2022 he was named one of Cleveland County’s Men of Influence.
Mayor Heikkila earned a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 122-Gold. In addition he holds many technical certifications in Disaster Relief Operations, Occupational Safety, and Construction. He serves at the Cleveland County Detention Center and at Mission Norman as a Chaplain endorsed by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. He also serves as an ordained Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at a local church.
Mayor Heikkila is a pro-business, pro-growth, avid supporter of Norman’s Police and Fire Departments. Norman voters selected him to lead a transformation of our community. To achieve this transformation, the management of it must be pragmatic, productive and visionary, and must redefine Norman into a city of excellence.
He and his wife Janet were married in 1976, and moved to Norman from Tulsa in 1978. Together they owned a small glass business on Main Street for four years. Janet was employed as a Special Education Teacher for 38 years, most of that time by Norman Public Schools. She serves on Norman’s ABLE Board, and continues to champion opportunities for the disabled. Mayor Heikkila and his wife have two adult children.