Spencer gets key to city

Buddy Spencer can now add to his list of accomplishments the title of holder of the key to the City of Sallisaw.

Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens and members of the Sallisaw Board of City Commissioners took time out from their regular meeting Monday night to honor Spencer by presenting him the first-ever key to the city.

Spencer was surprised by the honor and in his usual joking manner said, “I thought I was called here to write a check for $100,000.”

That statement is indicative of what Spencer is all about, according to Martens.

Martens praised Spencer as being a successful businessman and a civic-minded person. Adding that Spencer has been in the automobile sales industry for many years since starting his first dealership in Durant.

Martens noted Spencer's work as president of the Sallisaw Improvement Corporation, in the industrial park and being a strong advocate of schools and education.

Spencer was previously recognized by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce where it was noted he serves as a Trustee for the Carl Albert State College Foundation and is chairman of the Committee for Excellence in Sallisaw.

He has also served as president of the chamber of commerce and has served as a school board member and as president of the Oklahoma State School Board Association.

“He never hesitates to write a check when needed. He is a tremendous community servant,” Martens said.

Spencer recalled the 1960s when Perry Wheeler and the Sallisaw City Council at that time got a bond issue passed for the industrial park, adding that Roy Frye Jr. played a huge part in getting the park established.

Spencer also recognized George Glenn, who was mayor for 25 years, and Shannon Vann, who served as mayor for 12 years and now serves on the board of city commissioners. 

Returning the favor, Spencer praised Martens, city manager Keith Skelton and all those involved in being aggressive in getting the VA Center located in Sallisaw and getting the entire community involved in the process. 

Vann said when he was mayor, “Buddy was always calling and checking, wanting to know what we were doing and where we were going. I do appreciate all your efforts.”

“It's always been a pleasure to work with you. You helped me a lot, and I always appreciate your support,” Skelton said.

Spencer owned and operated over 10 auto dealerships before moving to Sallisaw in September 1995. The Spencer family presently owns and operates Blue Ribbon Auto Group in Sallisaw.

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