TULSA, Oklahoma – Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett appointed David Pauling to serve as the interim City Attorney, according to a news release from the City of Tulsa Thursday.
Pauling previously served as City Attorney from 1992 until his retirement in 2000.
"He will be able to provide me, my administration and the Council with legal advice and opinions based on many years of expertise working with City and state law," Bartlett said. "I am grateful to have an attorney of his caliber returning to the City to help us during this time."
A decision on who should fill the role of City Attorney has been delayed until February.
Under the current city charter, the position of City Attorney is selected by the Mayor. However, the Tulsa City Council believes the position should be an elected post, like the Councilors and the Mayor. Tulsa County residents will vote on the issue in a citywide ballot in February.
City officials said Pauling will serve until a City Attorney is either hired or elected and takes office.