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Rooney braved tornado after interview trip


Borough Manager Tim Rooney snapped this photo of a funnel cloud forming during his recent trip to Oklahoma City. Rooney stayed in a safe room at one point during the outbreak on May 31.

Borough Manager Tim Rooney is no stranger to Oklahoma – he is, in fact returning there in August to take over the City Manager position in Mustang, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

While most Wrangellites know of his coming departure, fewer may know of his trip to the city on May 31 for an interview with government officials. It was a trip that was harrowing and fraught with danger.

According to the Times, Mustang’s local weekly newspaper, Rooney experienced one of the worst storms to hit Oklahoma City’s metro area in recent times.

"That night I was staying at a hotel on Interstate 40 and Mustang Road and they had a safe room that they were telling all the visitors to go to," Rooney told the Times. "I’m no stranger to storms and tornadoes from working in Oklahoma before, but this storm was probably worse than any of the ones I’ve experienced."

Rooney is set to take over as City Manager in mid-August. The city council of Mustang discussed and approved his hiring at their June 18 meeting.

Mustang is a town approximately 15 miles southwest of downtown Oklahoma City and has a population of just more than 17,000. The city is considered to be one of the fastest growing in Oklahoma.


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