MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 10, 2013

New trustees start soon


— By Dale Ann Deffer

Times Correspondent

Two new members of the Fort Gibson Board of Trustees will be taking their seats in the next scheduled meeting April 22.

Chad Nail, manager of Fort Gibson Tire Shop, and T.J. Ellis, financial advisor at Edward Jones in Muskogee, replace Trustee Jim Huggins and Mayor Steven Hill.

After Nail and Ellis are sworn in, the new Board will vote in a new mayor.

Nail is a Fort Gibson native who also served as a police officer for six years and is now manager of his family-owned tire shop.

“I want to contribute to the community,” Nail said. “I don't like to sit back and listen to complaints about how things are. I like to get out there and do what I can.”

One of Nail's main interests is to improve school security, he said.

He was a student at Fort Gibson on Dec. 8, 1999, when several students were shot and injured on campus, he said.

“I remember how frightened everyone was,” he said. “I think a paid security guard would make a huge difference in the safety of our children.”

Nail has a 10-year-old daughter, Koie, who attends Fort Gibson schools and a daughter named Macie who had a rare syndrome and passed away July 1, 2012.

Nail is married to Klynna, who recently purchased A Flower Can, now located at 1207 S. Lee St., next to Subway.

Nail said he is committed to raising his family in Fort Gibson and making it a better place to live.

Ellis is a financial advisor at Edward Jones in Muskogee. He attended Commerce State College and Northeastern State University. He is a certified financial planner.

Ellis said he remembered when Fort Gibson was voted “one of the best towns in Oklahoma to raise children.” On that note, he said he would like to keep things status quo. “I want to keep that reputation on-going,” he said.

“I believe the past administration has done an excellent job,” he said.

Ellis has been married to wife, Stacy, for 12 years and has two children Macie, 4, and Sophie, 7.