TULSA, Oklahoma -- The director of the city of Tulsa's public works department is stepping down at the end of the month, Mayor Dewey Bartlett said Thursday.
Charles Hardt told the mayor and his staff on Wednesday that he is retiring on March 31, 2011, instead of waiting until June.
"It has been my pleasure to work with each of you in various capacities over the past 24 years. I am announcing my retirement from the City of Tulsa. My last day will be March 31, 2011," said Charles Hardt.
Hardt, a Stigler native, has worked under five mayors.
"Charles Hardt has been a dedicated and conscientious public servant for Tulsans for more than 30 years," said Mayor Bartlett.
Hardt has served as the director of the city's Public Works Department since it was formed in May 1990 by consolidating four departments: Engineering, Stormwater Management, Solid Waste and Water and Sewer.