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Tulsa Mayor To Restructure Public Works Into Two Departments, Not Three

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Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett [April 2011] Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett [April 2011]


TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said Thursday that the Public Works Department will be split up into two smaller departments, rather than three.

The Public Works Department will now consist of the Streets & Stormwater department and the Water & Wastewater department.

4/7/2011 Related Story: Mayor Says Splitting Tulsa's Public Works Department Will Save Money, Improve Service

"It will accomplish our goals for streamlining operations, making the communication lines much better," Bartlett told the city council Thursday. "It will lessen the amount of lack of communication between the various departments regarding operations and maintenance items."

Read frequently asked questions regarding the reorganization of the Public Works Department

Bartlett said the move will allow the city to save money.

The Public Works department currently has 1,400 employees. 

Under his original plan to restructure the department, Bartlett said about 125 employees will move to other departments while many would be divided among the new departments.  He said few employees, if any, would need to be cut.

There's no word on how the new plan will affect those employees.

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