Members of the Lawton City Council will meet in special session today to swear in new members.

The meeting, the first of two sessions for council members this week, will begin at 9 a.m. in the auditorium of Lawton City Hall, Southwest 9th and C. The council’s first regular meeting of 2020 will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Today’s special meeting is centered around the end of the current administration and the declaration of a new one. That process means recital of their constitutional and statutory oaths of office by three council members: Ward 4 Councilman Jay Burk, who did not draw an opponent in the 2019 election cycle; Ward 3 Councilwoman Linda Chapman, who bested Incumbent Councilman Caleb Davis; and Ward 5 Councilman Allan Hampton, who won his seat after Incumbent Councilman Dwight Tanner withdrew his candidacy.

Chapman, who taught music at Eisenhower and Whittier elementary schools before retiring in 2014, still is engaged in music through Centenary United Methodist Church and through musicals presented by Lawton Community Theatre. She also is engaged in local civic organizations and has received awards for her volunteer efforts from the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council and the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Hampton, general manager of KJRF 91.1 FM, also is engaged in civic organizations, including the Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority, and runs the audio-video department of the IT department for the Lawton Christian Center. He came to Lawton in 1963 with his father, who served in the Army, and also served in the Army himself for six years.

Burk, a long-time Lawton businessman who helped establish Holiday in the Park and the Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority, has served on the City Council since 2008. This term will be his final one as the Ward 4 councilman, due to term limits.

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