Mayor Bartlett Announces 'Efficient' Changes Within Tulsa

Friday, January 17th 2014, 4:20 pm
By: News On 6

Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced multiple organizational changes he says will strengthen and serve Tulsa.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Bartlett announced he created a new office he says will help streamline and simplify the city's economic development efforts.

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Led by Clay Bird, The Mayor's Office of Economic Development will be responsible for industry expansion and retention, energy efficiency programs and more. Bartlett says it plans to do this by bringing together employees who focus on economic development.

"With this reorganization, we are focusing on economic development, public safety and efficiency which are vital to the future of our city," Bartlett said.

Bartlett also announced the creation of the Asset Management department. This department is responsible for activities related to fleet management, parking enforcement, and property and facility acquisitions.

Reorganization of the Tulsa International Airport and R.L. Jones airports was also mentioned in the conference.

The Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust and the City of Tulsa have approved a new lease transferring 150 City Airport employees to the Tulsa Airports Improvement Trust, which is assuming all financial, human resources and information technology services from the City of Tulsa.

"With this transition, we are able to cut costs across the board, putting both airports at a competitive advantage, so we may lower our airline costs and attract vital air service to Tulsa," said Bartlett. "This transition also helps Tulsa stay in line with personal trends in the industry and gives the trust the authority to operate as its own entity."

Mayor Bartlett says he's looking for other ways that help simplify various processes for both the citizens and volunteers of the authorities, boards and commissions.

Mayor Bartlett also announced the consolidation of the Building, Housing, Fire Prevention, Electrical Examining, Mechanical Examiners and Plumbing Appeals into one consolidated Board of Appeals.

Bartlett also said the Department of 911 Public Safety Communications is now a division of the Tulsa Police, and Police Chief Chuck Jordan will be in charge.