Jenks Mayor honored by Oklahoma Magazine
Jenks Mayor Robert Lee was recently selected as one of Oklahoma Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Most Influential People” in Oklahoma.
Lee was No. 4 on the list.
“It’s an honor and privilege to receive this award,” Lee said. “It is a pleasure to get to serve the people of Jenks in this capacity. This is an impressive group of peers who received that distinction from Oklahoma Magazine. It is good to see younger people stepping up to plate. We need more young people to be involved. They are the future of our world and they have some good ideas and a lot of energy.”
Lee was elected as the Mayor of Jenks in April. In his short tenure, Lee has been instrumental in the City of Jenks progressing into one of the premier communities in Oklahoma.
Lee played a big role in helping to secure the agreement between the City of Jenks and Simon Premium Outlets in building the Tulsa Premium Outlet Mall here in Jenks. He also led the way in bringing curbside recycling to Jenks and has been a key component in the new comprehensive plan the city is preparing to unveil soon.
In an interview with Oklahoma Magazine, Lee talked about curbside recycling and why that is so important for the City of Jenks.
“Because of this program, thousands of pounds of recyclables are diverted from landfills each week and are put to better use by the folks at American Waste Control,” Lee said.
Lee has been met with challenges during his time in office.
First, the Historical Flood of 2019 when the Arkansas River was taking its toll on the towns that are on its banks. The Jenks Mayor worked diligently with other city officials to ensure the safety of the Jenks citizens and also making sure first responders and local businesses on the river front were taken care of as the waters continued to rise.
The other challenge Lee has dealt with in his time as Mayor is not completed. The Coronavirus has taken over the country and has forced national, state and local officials to make tough decisions.
Lee has not backed down from this challenge, as he has led the way in declaring a State of Emergency for the City of Jenks and has closed areas of the community needed to help protect from the spread of COVID-19.
On top of his duties as Mayor of Jenks, Lee is also a graphic designer. He is an art director for the University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services.
Lee told Oklahoma Magazine how he juggles his two professional responsibilities.
“As mayor, I work with the City Council, City Staff, residents and regional partners to make the city a better place to live,” Lee said. “The people I get to work with are my favorite part of serving the city. I’m incredibly proud of our residents, my colleagues on the council, the Jenks Chamber of Commerce and local business owners, City Staff, the Oklahoma Aquarium and our police, fire and Public Works departments.
“I love helping organizations with the great work they’re doing. Visual elements can make a huge impact on the success of any project and I consider it an honor to assist with that extra push.”
Lee is not the only person in his immediate family to be selected to Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Most Influential People. In 2017, Lee’s wife Annina Collier was selected. She is the Dean for Tulsa Community College Center for Creativity.
“Out of the two of us, she far more impressive and smarter than me,” Lee said. “She is a special person.”
Together, they have two children and live in Jenks.