By Jill Richardson
Melba Mayor Doug Sturges has accepted a position as the new LDS Institute Director and Coordinator of Seminaries in Norman, Oklahoma at Oklahoma University and will be resigning his post officially at the May 13, 2013, Melba City Council meeting. He expects to continue to serve as Mayor until July when the council is expected to accept his resignation. Between now and then, Mayor Sturges will make recommendations of who should be his successor, but it is ultimately up to the city council to decide who that next mayor will be.
“Whoever the next Mayor is, I hope they can remember the past and the great history of Melba but also look to the future for what Melba can become,” said Sturges. “The City of Melba needs to be the priority.”
Sturges desires for the community to continue with developing City Park, continue the safe routes to school program and “making Melba the best place to live on the face of the planet.”
As Melba Mayor Doug Sturges pulled into Paul’s market on Monday April 22, he received an unexpected phone call from his boss’s boss asking him to consider a new assignment. “It caught me completely off guard,” said Sturges. He knew when he accepted his current position as seminary teacher and administrator at Kuna, years ago, that he may one day be asked to relocate where he was needed, but that thought was furthest from his mind. Sturges was asked to accept the position as the new LDS Institute Director and Coordinator of Seminaries in Norman, Oklahoma at Oklahoma University.
Sturges came into office in January of 2012 and his term would be up for election in 2016. As it stands, Sturges will have served about 19 months when his family leaves for Oklahoma in mid-July of this year.
It is not just a Mayor that will be lost in July. Doug and his family play many roles in the community. Doug announces for many sporting events in Melba and Kuna, including basketball, football and track. He announces at many special functions like Kuna’s Senior Stud competition coming up.
“We have a million reasons to stay,” said Doug. “It really stinks, Melba is our home. However, we take great comfort in Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.’ He is directing our path.”
Doug’s wife Camille brought the Bountiful Basket site to Melba this year and runs it each week. Doug says that she will find a successor for the Melba site and Camille plans to open another site in Norman. For Camille, an art teacher, Norman offers so much with the arts that Camille is excited to get
The Sturges family have committed to returning each year for the Melba Ole Tyme Fourth of July celebrations.
As for Norman, it lies in the area that is often referred to as “Tornado Alley.” When four year old Drake Sturges is asked if he ready to move to Oklahoma, he responds with a simple “Well, I don’t want to live in “Tore-may-doe Alley.” As for the family as a whole, they love lightning storms and weather. “We are confident we can do anything together,’ said Doug.
An even more pressing issue than tornados is the fact that Doug graduated from BSU with his bachelors and masters degree. He plans to put on all his BSU gear and make sure the Sooners know that a Bronco has come