About the Tulsa City Council
On Valentine's Day in 1989, Tulsa voters approved the most
sweeping changes in city government since the original 1908
charter. A new council-mayor form of government was chosen to
replace the outdated city commission. The new form of government is
modeled after the federal government.
The mayor acts as chief administrator, prepares
the initial draft of the operating budget for City Council review,
and is in charge of all administrative departments, including, but not
limited to: Police, Fire, Finance, Human Resources, Airport,
Working in Neighborhoods, Planning and Development and the City
Attorney's Office. The current mayor is Dewey Bartlett, Jr.
city auditor regularly reviews the city's financial activites
for efficiency, effectiveness and legality. Findings of any
investigations are reported to the mayor and the City Council.
The current city auditor is Cathy Criswell.
The Tulsa City Council functions as the legislative branch of
city government, is the governing body of the City of Tulsa and
essentially acts as the Board of Directors for the City of Tulsa.
The City Council passes all local laws, reviews and approves the
city's annual budget, monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of
city operations and conducts investigations. Councilors also listen
to concerns and suggestions from the residents of their districts.
The Council consists of nine city councilors. The current Chair is
America (District 7) and the Vice-Chair is David
Patrick (Districk 3).
In November 2009, Tulsan's voted to change the City Charter to
end staggered terms for city councilors. Beginning in 2014, all
city councilors elected will serve two-year terms. The City Council
staff is lead by the Council Administrator, and are all civil
service employees who report to the City Council.
In 2004, the City Council started Tulsa's first government
access channel to provide citizens information about their city
government. Tulsa Government Access Television (TGOV) now
broadcasts on Cox Digital Cable channel 24, as well as online via
live streaming and on-demand services at tgovonline.org. All City Council
meetings and standing committee meetings, which are scheduled on
Thursdays, are broadcast live on TGOV.
The City Council offices are located on the fourth floor of City
Hall in One Technology Center at 2nd St. and Cincinnati Ave. in