Tulsa, OK –
In a response to the FOP vote tonight, Mayor Dewey Bartlett said:
"We gave the union an option with salary concessions and no layoffs and unfortunately they chose to layoff several of their fellow police officers. It has been our intent all along to address public safety first and foremost and live within our means as a city.
This was the best offer for the safety of the people of Tulsa. The union has decided to put their interest ahead of those they serve. This is regretable. Given their decision, we do not foresee any problems with being able to provide the public safety our citizens deserve. The people of Tulsa were let down tonight by the very people they hired and trained to protect them."