Tulsa Mayor To City Employees: No Campaigning

Wednesday, January 26th 2011, 6:10 pm
By: News On 6

Emory Bryan, News on 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett has issued a new executive order clarifying that city employees cannot actively participate in local political campaigns, in any capacity, that identifies them as a City of Tulsa employee.

The order specifically addresses employees of the Tulsa Fire Department, who through their Firefighters Union Local 176, have campaigned for city council candidates in recent elections.

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Union 176 President Dennis Moseby, said a legal challenge of the order was likely. "We're not going to accept it. We're going to look at it legally. We're going to see if we can change it" Moseby said.

The order declares that in certain cases, the City of Tulsa Charter will supersede state laws that address campaigning by government employees.

Bartlett signed the order January 14th.

Read his order