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Press Release

Release Date: May 10, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

  • Stacy Edgar

ADA, Okla. – Governor Bill Anoatubby has appointed Chickasaw citizen and education professional Stacy Edgar to a leadership position in the Chickasaw Nation Department of Community Services.

Mr. Edgar will now serve as Executive Officer of Chickasaw Employment Access.

“Stacy Edgar understands that offering opportunities for meaningful employment is an essential element of our mission,” Governor Anoatubby said. “His experience has prepared him well to offer guidance on education and career development.”

“It is a true honor to be appointed to this position by Governor Anoatubby,” Mr. Edgar said. “I truly love working for the Chickasaw Nation.”

A native of Stringtown, Okla., and graduate of East Central University, Mr. Edgar was raised by educators. His mother, Alberta, taught grade school and special education in Stringtown, and his father, Chris, was an alternative school director in Atoka, Okla.

Mr. Edgar earned his bachelor’s degree in 2000 at East Central University.

This year marks the 19th year Mr. Edgar has been employed with the Chickasaw Nation.

He started his career as an activities and recreation coordinator at Carter Seminary in Ardmore in 2000, and worked in several Chickasaw Nation education positions from 2002-2005. He served as special assistant to the administrator of Education from 2005-2012 and as Career Development Services Director from 2013-2018.

Mr. Edgar’s decision to work for the Chickasaw Nation was influenced by his wife, Melissa, who was a tribal Health Systems employee at the time. She now serves as Executive Officer of Project Development and Review.

Chickasaw Employment Access serves in four areas: adult training, employment opportunities, career guidance and partnership development.

Adult training includes career development services, career enhancement and the Chickasaw Institute – teaching vocational skills to Chickasaw citizens. Employment opportunities includes vocational rehabilitation, the re-entry transitional employment program and the day training program. Career guidance includes Toksali SMART (Successful Mindsets with Attitude and Readiness for Tomorrow) and the School-to-Work program. Partnership development includes client services (which is the intake portion of the entire division), placement opportunities and career services, which offers Chickasaw citizens assistance in resume building, interviewing skills and pre-employment advocacy.

“Chickasaw Employment Access truly enhances the overall quality of life of the Chickasaw people by preparing them to join the workforce,” Mr. Edgar said.

Mr. Edgar said his goal for Chickasaw Employment Access was to continue assisting Chickasaw citizens in all areas of pre-employment training and strive to connect them with employment opportunities.

“Our division is here to help Chickasaw citizens,” he said. “It is not only about overcoming barriers to employment now, but it is also about pre-employment skills training and advocacy for all Chickasaws who are seeking gainful employment.”

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar have been married 19 years. The couple has two daughters, Cooper and Karson.

Mr. Edgar is an avid golfer and outdoorsman.