Tulsa, OK –
Statement from Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.
The citizens of Tulsa expect and deserve better than what they have been getting from their city government. With that undeniable truth in mind, I today renew my commitment to lead this city. I will focus my energies not on politics or false accusations, but rather on issues that are critical to Tulsans, such as our economy, the current budget crisis, more efficient government, public safety and street improvements.
I will not be distracted by the recent report issued by an investigator engaged by the Tulsa City Council and have hired an attorney, Joel Wohlgemuth, to handle issues related to the report on my behalf. Let me be clear, though - my retention of Mr. Wohlgemuth doesn't mean I believe that the Council's report has any legal validity. I have never and would never sacrifice my integrity by intentionally or willfully misleading or lying to any public official, including the City Councilors. I engaged an attorney for one reason: to allow me to focus fully, without distraction, on leading the City through trying times. Using my time in this manner will enable me to devote my efforts and energies to economic development and job creation in our community.
I sincerely hope that our City Councilors will renew their commitment to faithfully carry out their duty under the Tulsa City Charter to exercise all legislative powers in the best interests of the citizens. The charge of the Tulsa City Council is to work with the Mayor - with me, not against me - and with our City Auditor and all departments to make government efficient and effective so that everyone in our community is well-served. A healthy, forthright relationship between the Mayor's office and the City Council is vital to move our great city in the right direction.
Let us move forward, Tulsa.
Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr.
Mayor, City of Tulsa