OKC FRIDAY: Most Powerful Women: Tricia Everest Tops Most Powerful List

By: Vicki Clark Gourley
Published: November 10, 2023


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The votes have been counted in OKC FRIDAY’s annual Most Powerful Women poll and Oklahoma Secretary of Public Safety Tricia Everest is topping the list for the sixth straight year since 2018.
In the first three years of balloting, 2012-2014, then-Governor Mary Fallin was deemed the Most Powerful Woman. OKC City Councilwoman Meg Salyer ranked No. 1 in 2015 and Love’s Travel Stops Founder Judy Love succeeded her in 2017.
A founder chair of Palomar, Tricia Everest is Oklahoma secretary of public safety. Everest is an Oklahoma City native and fourth generation Oklahoman. She received her bachelor of science from Vanderbilt University and her juris doctor from University of Oklahoma School of Law.
“Tricia is a proven leader who has done a tremendous job over the last few years building successful relationships with law enforcement and delivering meaningful criminal justice reform for Oklahoma,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt. 
She is also the founding chair of ReMerge.
Sue Ann Arnall continues to work with Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority to effect changes in the county jail. She is a generous philanthropist and is the founder and president of the Arnall Family Foundation, which focuses on criminal justice reform, youth welfare and justice and ending homelessness.
Judy Love is also known for her philanthropic works and her civic leadership. She has worked in many positions in both the civic world and numerous charitable foundations. Her leadership is widely sought.