Tulsa City Councilor Asks Governor For Investigation Of Mayor Bartlett

Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 8:47 am
By: News On 6

NewsOn6.com & Dan Bewley, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- A Tulsa city councilor has sent a letter to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin requesting that she ask the attorney general to review the councilor's allegations of wrongdoing against Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

The letter was sent by John Eagleton.  He would not release a copy of the letter, but told News On 6 Wednesday morning he stands behind what is in it.

The governor's office provided a copy of the letter and supporting documents to News On 6.

In the letter, Eagleton asks the governor to have the Oklahoma attorney general's office investigate causes for ouster of Mayor Bartlett. 

Read Eagleton's letter and supporting documents.

In the letter, Eagleton claims the mayor has willfully failed in his duties and that he has "...evidence of misconduct, malfeasance, and criminal behavior."

Eagleton writes to Governor Fallin that Bartlett is guilty of "accepting free gifts or services from a city contractor...", "lying to the City Council", and "oppression in office..." by demanding a city council staff member resign.

Eagleton is scheduled to make a presentation to the entire Tulsa city council at 2 p.m. Thursday at city hall.  He said the presentation will be "an overview of his [Mayor Bartett's] first 14 months in office."

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Bartlett told News On 6 there's nothing new in the letter and that everything it mentions has been resolved and discussed in the past year.

Bartlett said it will not be a distraction to his duties as Mayor.

But the development has Tulsa talking.

"I think they're making something out of nothing, really," Robi Farris, a Tulsa resident, said.

"It cannot be healthy for the city," Mike Mayes, a Tulsa resident, said. "I think it puts the city in a bad light. They need to move forward."

"I think they should just all get along. Have some common sense and some reasonableness with this," Keith Kelly, another Tulsa resident, said.

Viewers are also commenting on the story on News On 6 Facebook page:

  1. "Someone has to keep the Mayor in touch with the city," one viewer wrote.
  2. "They all need to go! This is getting old, embarrassing, and ridiculous," another commenter said.
  3. "This battle between both sides is not good leadership or good for the citizens of Tulsa," a third viewer said.

The only opinion needed now is from the governor and whether she'll investigate Mayor Bartlett.