Mayor Earnest Ware (Spencer, OK)

Mayor Ware has lived in Spencer, OK for most of his life. He has been married to his lovely wife Mrs. Janice Chatman Ware for 40 years. They have four children and five lovely grandchildren. Mayor Ware has always had a heart for helping his community and reaching out to the youth. His political career is extensive. He has been a member of the African American Mayor’s Association since its inception. In 2015, Mayor Ware was appointed President of the Oklahoma Conference of Black Mayors, which he has been a member of for 8 years. Mayor Ware has honorably served his community of Spencer, Oklahoma on the Spencer City Council for over 20 years and in the capacity of Mayor for 8 years.

Mayor Ware would like nothing more than to see his community grow and prosper. He has been an integral part of helping to begin that trend. He and the Council have been investing in the water and sewer infrastructure, of the small city of Spencer for over a decade, in hopes of attracting more businesses and residents. The community has begun to see some population growth. Most recently they have successfully brought in a brand new apartment complex, a luxury, million-dollar dental school/office complex, and a high end Valero gas station/convenience store, with a business complex growth model. Star Spencer High School is receiving a brand new sports field, this year! The project includes a football/soccer field, a complete renovation and positional flipping of the baseball field, and the addition of a softball field. A charitable organization, Fields and Futures, has gifted this project to the school. The hope is that this addition will encourage students, athletes and parents to want to come, participate and stay at this local school.

Future projects that the Mayor would like to take on involve renovating the city’s 40 plus acre Kringlen Park, into a Multi-Sport and Arts Center for the community. The city currently hosts multiple annual rodeos at this park. However, with the addition of different sports fields, play parks, picnic areas, walking trails, an amphitheater and ponds, the Mayor, the Council and City management are confident in an improved quality of life and entertainment for the community. A community center that will cater to the arts, is another project that Mayor Ware seeks to obtain funding for in the near future. His vision is to expose the youth of the community to the cultural richness that the expression of art brings to a community.

Mayor Ware has also served his state well, as he had previously been appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Board of Corrections, which he served on for 12 years. Additionally, he has been a member of the following organizations/boards: Legal Aid Services of OK-Board member, (he was the first non-lawyer President of that Board); All of Us or None-Executive Committee; Oklahoma Democratic Party-Precinct Chair; Oklahoma Health Care Project-Chair; National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice; Community Health Centers, Inc.-Board Member; Community Action Agency-City/County Area Council.

Mayor Ware has extensive experience working with at-risk youth and their families, having provided crisis intervention and school-based counseling services. He is effective at guiding complex projects and employing coalition-sustaining strategies for multi-dimensional systems. He can provide strong leadership for program development and management consultation services to businesses and social services agencies. Some of Mayor Ware’s career highlights are as follows. He is responsible for the development and management of a program model for statewide service delivery to minority children with developmental disabilities; He has directed a group home for adjudicated and delinquent males placed in custody of Juvenile Affairs; Additionally, he has managed operations for Adolescent Mental Health Units responsible for marketing capital budget preparation and administration; Implementing program administration strategies, administering organizational assessments and maintaining effective staffing and supervision plans; Channeling his passion for serving at-risk youth to all aspects of work. Mayor Ware’s specific working career is as follows:

He has been the Owner/Operator of Spiking Security and Private Investigations Agency since 2012, Manager of Operations and Program Director for Adolescent Units Integris Mental Health (2000-2006), and responsible for Marketing for Mental Health and Operations for the Spencer Facility, which included Capital Budget preparation and administration. He was also the Program Manager for two long-term care units, responsible for program development, administration and human resources and budgeting. He was the Program Director for Integris from 1998-2000 and responsible for the administration, management and program development for the group home for 12 males adjudicated delinquent and placed in Office of Juvenile Affairs custody. He was Department Manager for Youth Services of Oklahoma County, Inc.; School Based Services Counselor/Counseling ; 1995-1998 where he provided therapeutic counseling to at-risk middle school students and their families.

He also filled the role of Senior Case Manager and Counselor/Mentor Community health Centers, Inc.; Program Director from 1990-1995. As program Director, Mayor Ware was responsible for the development and management of a program model for statewide service delivery to minority children with developmental disabilities. As Senior Case Management-Provide comprehensive case management and reintegration services to juveniles who were incarcerated in DHS/OJA custody. Lead Facilitator interdisciplinary Team. Counselor;/Mentor-Provided counseling services to males between 8-19 years of age in a teenage pregnancy prevention program that focused on males.

In addition, Mayor Ware was Program Director/Coordinator for YWCA Crisis Intervention Services.
As the Program Director, Mayor Ware was responsible for 5 Social Services programs, which included the Passageway Shelter for Battered Women, YWCA Rape Crisis Center, Third Phase men’s Group for men who batter, and Children and Women’s Groups. As the Program Coordinator, he was responsible for the total operation and management of the Third Phase Men’s Group program.

Mayor Ware received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with a Minor in Sociology, from the University of Central Oklahoma. He also received a Business and Technology Degree, and a paralegal certificate from Rose State College. His professional licensing includes CLEET Certified Private Investigator/Armed Security. His Specialized Training includes: Registered Traumatologist, Trauma Incidence Reduction, Administrative Advocacy, Community Organizing, Lobbying, Grant Reading, Counseling Skills, MANDT, Facilities Management, Mental Health Issues including; Conflict Resolution, Conduct Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Mood Disorders, Working with Hostile Families, etc.

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