The Board of Trustees for the Town of Gore and Gore Public Works Authority holds regular meetings at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.
Bob Warren Mayor
Trustee, Ward #5
East Central Oklahoma Gas Authority Chairperson
Bobby L. Warren was born in Sallisaw, OK, on July 28, 1956, and is the son of Lewis and the late Hazel Warren. Bob graduated from Gore High School in 1974 and from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1978. Bob taught school at Gumsprings School District for twenty years. After teaching at Gumsprings and Gore combined, he began teaching in the Gore school system exclusively where he has taught for ten years and has also driven for the school bus system. Bob has two sons, Bobby Lynn II being the eldest, and Brockman Tex Kaden Warren, the youngest. Bob has been a resident of Gore all his life. He began serving on the town council in January 2007.
Dr. Joni Couch
Trustee, Ward #4
Dr. Couch grew up in Vian, Oklahoma, and attended college at Northeastern University in Tahlequah where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2000 and a Bachelor of Science in Vision Science in 2002. In 2005, she went on to graduate from Northeastern State University College of Optometry as a Doctor of Optometry. She is a practicing optometrist who has lived and raised a family in Gore for several years.
Trustee, Ward #3
Ryan is a native of Gore and a 1992 graduate of Gore High School. Ryan is a former Air Quality Program Manager for the Cherokee Nation who began working with the Cherokee Nation as an Environmental Analyst in December 1996. He recently retired from being the manager of all Cherokee Nation Environmental Air Quality activities. This program houses one of the largest tribal air monitoring networks in the United States. Ryan has an Associates Degree in Biology from Connors State College, Bachelors Degree in Environmental Management and Masters Degree in Industrial Management from Northeastern State University. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Registered Sanitarian (RS), and a Registered Professional Environmental Specialist (RPES). Ryan is the former Chairman of the National Tribal Air Association in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a steering committee member of the U.S. EPA Tribal Air Monitoring Support Center (TAMS), and a former member of the EPA’s National Air Monitoring Strategy Committee. Ryan has also served on various community committees. He is a proud Cherokee Nation Tribal member. Ryan is proud of the community and strives to make the right decisions that better the lives of the citizens. Ryan conveys the basic philosophy of working together on key issues to advance the progress of the community.
Don Carter Vice Mayor Trustee, Ward #2
Sequoyah County Flood Plain Board
East Central Oklahoma Gas Authority Board Member
Don was elected to the Gore City Council in August 2007 and took office in September 2007. He grew up in Gore and graduated from Gore High School in 1959. He joined the Army after High School and served one year at Ft. Hood Texas and two years in Germany. Upon his return, he attended Connors State College, Oklahoma State University, and graduated from Central State University with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. He married Janis Sheffield from Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, in January 1966. They celebrated their 50th anniversary on January 29, 2016. They have two grown children, Jeffery and Amanda, and several grandchildren. Don worked as a Marketing Representative for Texaco, Inc. for ten ½ years in Oklahoma City and purchased the OTASCO store in Gore in 1979. It was later changed to Gore True Value and Just Ask Rental. He retired in December 2003, but continued to help his son Jeff and his wife Janis in the store operations until the store changed ownership in 2017. Don’s goals for the city are to work with the mayor and other council members to improve and upgrade the infrastructure to accommodate the citizens in a more efficient way. He also hopes to improve the fire protection in efforts to obtain a lower fire rating for the town.
Trustee, Ward #1
Larry Pack is a lifelong resident of Gore, and has worked at Georgia Pacific for 25 years. He and Tammy, his wife, together have six grandchildren. Larry’s goals are to see the Town of Gore grow and maintain excellent water and sewer systems.
Kimberly Summerlin is a life-long resident of Gore and a 2002 graduate of Gore High School. She and her husband, Dwayne, have been married for seventeen years and have four daughters. After high school, Kimberly focused on raising her family. In 2009, she attended beauty college where she became licensed with the Oklahoma State Board of Cosmetology. She owned and operated her beauty salon for six years. Kimberly has served as the Town Clerk/Treasurer since 2016. She looks forward to seeing all the great things to come as the community continues to grow.
Americans With Disability Act Statement of Compliance
The Town of Gore complies with the requirements of United States Department of Justice under Title II of the American with Disabilities Act 1990. The Town Hall, Police Station, Municipal Court, and Community Building are fully accessible buildings. Accessible parking spaces are provided for all city maintained structures. Public meetings are held in fully accessible locations and the building has accessible restrooms available.