Tricia Hatley Becomes First Woman on Oklahoma City Board of Appeals

Tricia Hatley, Freese and Nichols Executive Vice President, has been appointed to the City of Oklahoma City Board of Appeals. She is the first woman to serve on the seven-member board, which determines variances from the building code and hears appeals of decisions and orders of City building inspectors.Tricia Hatley

Prior to moving to Oklahoma, Trish lived in North Texas, where she had the opportunity to serve on a CIP Bond Program Committee for the City of Arlington. Here, she saw the power and joy in serving her community with the skills and problem solving techniques learned at Freese and Nichols. Giving back to our communities by utilizing our experience as engineers embodies our values and culture to Serve Always.

The board is required to have one professional engineer, and when the previous engineer retired, Trish was presented with the opportunity to serve the city in a meaningful way that also provided personal fulfillment.

“Protecting the public health, safety and welfare is very important to me as a professional engineer,” she said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to leverage my expertise and engineering judgement on behalf of Oklahoma City.​​​​”

The City of Oklahoma City is committed to increasing diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Mayor Holt understood the necessity for this and received Trish’s name from the Public Works Director, Eric Wenger. By the Mayor’s nomination and appointment from the OKC City Council, Trish is the first woman on the Board of Appeals.