Meg Salyer plans to retire after 10 years representing Ward 6 on the Oklahoma City Council
Ward 6 Oklahoma City Councilwoman Meg Salyer says she is retiring when her current term ends next year.
Salyer first was elected in November 2008 and won re-election in 2011 and 2015.
She is president of Accel Financial Staffing, which focuses on placement of finance and accounting professionals.
The firm's offices are in Automobile Alley downtown.
Ward 6 is the city's truest urban ward, including much of downtown, historic neighborhoods just north of the central business district and up-and-coming Hispanic neighborhoods south of the Oklahoma River.
The ward is bordered by NW 23 on the north and stretches to SW 59 on the south.
Salyer said voters' passage of last year's MAPS for streets sales tax extension, bond package, and public safety sales tax increase were factors in her decision.
She waited to announce her plans until after the council's vote Tuesday to include Sunday bus service in the 2018-19 budget.
She said Wednesday the time was right to make way for new ideas.
Salyer's retirement could threaten the limited diversity on the council.
She is the only woman among the nine voting members.
The mayor and six other current council members are white men.
The Rev. Lee Cooper Jr., who is black, will be the eighth man among the nine when he is sworn in June 19 to fill the vacant Ward 7 seat.
Cooper's appointment is temporary until voters choose a permanent replacement later this year for John Pettis, who resigned.
Before Salyer, Ann Simank represented Ward 6 for 13 years.
Simank served most of that tenure side-by-side with Willa Johnson, the Ward 7 councilwoman.
Patience Latting was elected Ward 2 councilwoman in 1967 and later served three terms as mayor.
She was the first woman elected to the council.