OBA recently named Raymond Merrill of Sallisaw, Oklahoma as its new board president. Rusty Roberts of Tulsa and Ken Boyer, Jr. of Oklahoma City have also been appointed as vice president and member at large.
Merrill was elected president of the board after previously serving as the vice president for the past five years. Merrill began his career in the bail industry in 1989 when he opened Merrill Bonding Company in Sallisaw. He operates numerous other businesses throughout Oklahoma and Arkansas, including Merrill Self Storage and Merrill Properties. He also serves as a partner for multiple local abstract and title companies, as well as sits on the board for Stone Bank in Mountain View, Arkansas. Merrill is an active member of the Sallisaw Airport Commission, Sallisaw Improvement Corporation Board and the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce.
“It is an honor to be elected to this role by my peers, and I am looking forward to being at the forefront of the issues affecting the bail industry in Oklahoma,” Merrill said. “I believe that with the conversations around criminal justice reform, it is more important than ever to ensure the public and our government officials understand the importance of our role in promoting public safety and ensuring defendants are returned to court.”
Following his election to president, Merrill appointed Roberts to fulfill the role of vice president. Roberts previously served on the board as director at large for 11 years. He has been a licensed bail bondsman for more than 20 years, including serving as a pre-licensing instructor for 10 years and as an active member of the legislative committee. He currently serves as the president of the Associated Bail Agents of Tulsa (ABAT), in which he works with local judicial and legislative branches of government.
Boyer, a new addition to the board, was named by Merrill as director at large and will assist in providing overall management of OBA affairs for members across the state. Boyer has been a licensed bail bondsman for more than 10 years and serves the Oklahoma City metro area, including south Oklahoma City and Midwest City. He owns and operates Ken Boyer Bail Bonds, a venture formed by his father that has served Oklahoma City for more than 40 years.
“Each board member is tasked to lead our association and make decisions that benefit our state,” Merrill added. “I look forward to serving our communities, and the nearly 600 bondsmen across the state, alongside these knowledgeable leaders.”