Speaker Amos swearing in Assistant Chief Gary Batton.
Gary Batton has been named the Assistant Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. This position is an appointment by the Chief upon a vote of approval by the Tribal Council. The selection was approved Friday, June 1. Assistant Chief Batton has been employed by the tribe since 1987 and has served in numerous capacities, including Deputy Director of the Choctaw Housing Authority and Executive Director of the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority.
In addition to his job duties, he serves as a board member for the Clayton Public Schools, Sunday School Superintendent for First Baptist Church in Clayton, member of the Eastern Oklahoma State College Foundation and has the leadership role in many tribal functions and committees.
“Gary Batton is a young man of impeccable morals and ethics,” said Chief Gregory E. Pyle. “He is one of the finest and brightest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am sure that this is the best choice for the Choctaw Nation.”
“It is an extreme honor to serve on behalf of the Chief and the Choctaw people,” said Assistant Chief after being sworn into office. “I am very optimistic about the future of the Choctaw Nation.”
Ten members of the tribal council were present for the vote on the appointment - all ten approved the confirmation.
Gary and his wife, Angie, live in Clayton. They have two children, Stacy and David, and two grandchildren.