Alan Riffel is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and has 40 years of municipal government experience. Mr. Riffel is also distinguished as a credentialed manager by the International City Managers' Association.
Woodward has benefited from remarkable capital improvements during Mr. Riffel’s administration. These include a new 33,000 square foot Conference Center, a new central Fire Station, and a new City Hall. Crystal Beach Park now boasts $30 million in new amenities, including an Aquatics Center, Fuller Ballpark, Arena Grandstands, baseball and softball complexes, and an OKC Thunder Basketball Court.
Woodward has also worked to redefine its role as a major center for energy development by embracing sustainable energy generation and transmission, coupled with the traditional resources of oil and natural gas exploration and production. Now considered as a hub for energy, the region has seen over $2 billion of investment dedicated to that industry. During Mr. Riffel's tenure, the city has collaborated with many entities to encourage this new avenue of community growth.
Awards & Other Responsibilities
Mr. Riffel was recognized in 2009 as Oklahoma's Outstanding City Manager by the City Managers' Association of Oklahoma. In 2005, he shared the distinction as the state's Public Official of the Year, as named by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. In 2009 he was awarded Outstanding City Manager from the City Managers' Association of Oklahoma and in 2016 was inducted into the the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials. Mr. Riffel currently holds the position of chairman of the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Providers, and serves in various other capacities locally and with state organizations.