Norick, Ronald J. | 2008
- Birth and Death Year | 1941- Present
- Induction Year | 2008
- Profession | Public Servant
- Oklahoma Connection | Norick was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to James H. and Madalynne Norick.
- Hometown | Oklahoma City
When the Murrah Federal Building was bombed on April 19, 1995, and 168 Oklahomans lost their lives, then Mayor Ron Norick was on the scene immediately and remained there tirelessly through the days and nights of rescue and recovery.
"Norick distinguished himself by having the guts to lead, execute and deliver on a promise few other politicians would have even considered. Oklahoma needs more of this type of leadership." - The Daily Oklahoman, November 17, 2003
Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Ron Norick was the city’s mayor from 1987 to 1998. In 2008, he was inducted in the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
During Norick’s eleven years in office, he and the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce conceived the original Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS), nine major Oklahoma City projects funded by a dedicated five-year, one-cent sales tax. MAPS is credited with leading Oklahoma City through a “renaissance” that has made the city one of the most livable in the country. While in office, Norick also guided the city through the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995.
Since leaving public office, Norick has remained an ardent supporter of MAPs and many community initiatives and organizations. He is chairman of the Oklahoma City Downtown TIF Review Committee and of the Oklahoma State Fair, serves as vice-chairman of the Oklahoma Industries Authority, and sits on the board of directors of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and BancFirst. Norick is also former chairman of the Board of Trustees at Oklahoma City University.