TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett said he is not letting recent allegations distract him from the business of running the city – or volunteering to clean up the town.
Bartlett was out with a crew of volunteers picking up trash in north Tulsa on Saturday, part of a Championship Cleanup campaign to prepare the city for visitors in the upcoming NCAA tournament March 18 and 20.
He paused long enough to answer questions about the controversy surrounding his office this week. City Council John Eagleton requested that the governor initiate an investigation into alleged wrongdoings by the mayor, claiming that Bartlett has violated his oath of office, the city charter and ethics code.
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Bartlett denies all those allegations.
"It's all about your focus," he said. "If they want to focus on things of the past, let them. I'm focused on moving the city forward."
"We'll just see where this thing goes. The governor has the paperwork. I understand Mr. Eagleton is gathering signatures, so we should know where this is headed pretty soon."