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A legacy of community service. It’s a way of life for Wes Hilliard following in the footsteps of his father, uncles and grandfathers on both sides.

They were either preachers or politicians.

Hilliard, who lives in Sulfur with his wife Melissa and their three children, serves as community president for Simmons Bank in Davis.

When not at the bank, at children’s activities, at the Leadership Murray County, Davis or Sulfur Chambers of Commerce, or at Kiwanis, Hilliard finds time to serve the state as a member of the Community Services Commission. rehab from Oklahoma.

The commission is the board of directors for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The state agency, known as DRS, serves 76,000 people annually. Oklahomans with disabilities through 25 employment, education, and independent living programs and determining medical eligibility for Social Security disability benefits.

Oklahoma School for the Deaf, headquartered in Sulfur, is a division of DRS.

Hilliard completed his first term as commission chair in June 2021.

He was named to the board in July 2019 by Oklahoma House of Representatives Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka,

Hilliard began serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2004 and refocused in 2012 to serve the community closer to home and his growing family.

“President McCall, who appointed me, and I share a special place in our hearts for Oklahoma School for the Deaf,” Commissioner Hilliard said. “We know the school is part of our community, a top employer, and a great organization that cares for the unmet needs of Oklahoma children.”

“As commissioner and representative, I learned about the other DRS disability programs and their impact on the lives of people with disabilities across the state,” he explained.

Hilliard’s laid-back, friendly personality and people skills are perfectly at home with his business knowledge, reputation and ability to network.

All he really needs is more hours in the day.

“Disability services, community or public service is about helping people, and banking is about helping people achieve their dreams – of a new car, or starting a business, or buying their first home. “Hilliard said.

“I never dreamed I would be a banker – I have a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education, but banking just happened. The common denominator is relationships – but that’s a really good fit.