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Councilor resigns from post after 7-year political career

Ward 1 Tahlequah City Councilor Bree Long has resigned from her post, effective Sept. 6.

According to an email that was sent out to all city employees and obtained by Tahlequah News, the departure was due to “life situation changes and new priorities.”

“Bree has done a tremendous job during her 7-year tenure as City Councilor, and we appreciate her invaluable service and dedication to the city of Tahlequah,” the email stated.

Long took to Facebook and said she learned a lot about politics and people during her time as City Councilor.

“I’ve met some amazing people along the way that have taught me a lot about professionalism, conflict resolution, communication, humility, strength, appreciation, resilience, and most importantly faith,” Long said.

Long took on several tasks throughout her political career that benefited the community, city employees, and dogs. She took the reins when Tahlequah’s dog park was in its development stages and served on the Crisis Task Force team amid the pandemic. She also served as a trustee on the Tahlequah Public Works Authority board.

Long said she is thankful for a new chapter in her life as she plans to spend more time with her family.

“One of my favorite humans once told me that, ‘Time waits for no mom.’ “I hope I have been a good example for my son. I hope he sees the importance in giving back to our community with either time or money,” she said.

Questions related to Ward 1 should be directed toward City Administrator Taylor Tannehill or Mayor Suzanne Myers for the time being.

“Myers and the administration will diligently undertake the necessary procedures to appoint a suitable candidate in a timely manner,” the email stated.

Registered voters who reside in Ward 1 and are interested in assuming the seat of city councilor can contact Myers.


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