Experience Alan Riffel is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and has 30 years of municipal government experience. Mr. Riffel is also distinguished as a credentialed manager by the International City Managers' Association.
Woodward is currently undergoing major building projects under the guidance of Mr. Riffel's administration. These include a new 30,000 square foot conference center, extensive water field improvements, and a $25 million park renovation plan. Various components of the Crystal Beach Park are now complete and open to the public, such as the new Aquatics Center, Fuller Ballpark, Arena Grandstands and a baseball 5-plex.
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, with Woodward's Assistant
City Manager, Doug Haines. 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.