Professional Q&A: Darrell Davis
Darrell Davis chose to call Edmond home more than 30 years ago and has been involved in the city for more than 25 of those. His commitment to the community led him to a ten-year term on the city council and eventually to being elected mayor in May 2021. Hear more about why he loves Edmond and his advice for learning from others.
Q: Do you live in Edmond, work in Edmond, or both?
A: I have lived in Edmond since 1988—34 years. We felt Edmond would give our children a great education to help them succeed in life. We made the right decision to move here. I have worked in Edmond for the past ten years.
Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?
A: I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and lived there through high school graduation. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Working for the Air Force afforded me the opportunity to receive my master’s from Webster University and attend Air War College.
Q: What did you do prior to getting involved with the City of Edmond?
A: Before coming on the Edmond Council, I worked for Tinker AFB as a contract manager and recently retired in 2021. During my free time, I am an adjunct professor for Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Q: How did you get involved with the City of Edmond?
A: I have been involved with the City of Edmond for over 25 years. This journey started when Crest Foods decided to build its third store in Edmond. Over time I served on various boards and committees—Tomorrow’s Edmond Committee, Park and Recreation Advisory Board, and Arts & Humanities Council, to name a few. My continual involvement with Edmond’s growth led me to be appointed to the city council representing Ward 3 in November 2011 and elected mayor in May 2021.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like that I am still a part of Edmond’s growth. My current job as mayor still has me involved with the current and future development/expansion of Edmond. Working with the community and business leaders has challenges but is very rewarding.
Q: What’s something you’re passionate about in your personal life?
A: I am passionate about being a husband, father, and grandfather. I am blessed to have a loving wife, and together we have three adult children and three grandchildren. It is very important for me to be there for them because without them, I would not be who I am. My other hobbies include playing golf, basketball, fishing, flying kites, and riding bicycles.
Q: What do you like about Edmond?
A: Edmond has provided my wife and me with educational opportunities for our children, safety for our household, and the community we needed to raise our family. These fundamental foundations helped the city become what it is today and will allow it to continue to grow in the future.
Q: What is your number one tip for other professionals, either for work or life in general?
A: We must take the time and listen to one another. Communication has become so fast that we are not taking the time to understand each other before responding. Our community is becoming so diverse it is a missed opportunity to learn from each other if we do not actively listen.
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About Tim Priebe
Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of T&S Online Marketing. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.
Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.