Tulsa Mayor Bartlett's Attorney Asks Council Attorney to Resign

Wednesday, July 28th 2010, 5:27 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan, The News on 6

TULSA, OK -- Mayor Dewey Bartlett's attorney has asked the City Council's Attorney to resign, claiming his position violates the city charter, and his advice conflicts with a letter of recusal from the City Attorney's office.

Attorney Joel Wohlgemuth, representing Bartlett, sent a letter asking for the resignation to Attorney Drew Rees. The letter was sent Wednesday, one day after Rees lost a primary race for Tulsa County Commissioner.

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Wohlgemuth argues in his letter that the position in which Rees is serving was never created in the city charter, and since the City Attorney's office recused itself from a case against the Mayor and Council, Rees, as an attorney under that office, should be recused as well.

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Rees serves as attorney for the council as a whole. The individual councilors have private representation defending them in a lawsuit over a possible open meetings act violation.

Thursday afternoon, the City Council plans to discuss possible action against Bartlett and Terry Simonson, his Chief of Staff, as a result of an investigation into whether the Mayor's office intentionally mislead the Council about a federal grant for the police department.

Rees was not available immediately for comment.