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Government of Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Government of Tulsa, Oklahoma

The City of Tulsa has a mayor-council form of government. This form of government has been in place since 1989, at which time Tulsa converted from a city commission form of government. The mayor is elected by the entire population and each of the 9 Councilors are elected from districts based on population.


Tulsa is the county seat for Tulsa County. Within the boundaries of the city and surrounding county are tribal lands belonging to and governed by various Native American nations.


The present mayor of Tulsa is Mayor GT Bynum, a Republican. The mayor is responsible for the day to day operations of the city and preparing a budget. The mayor names the police and fire chiefs.

Another former Tulsa mayor, Jim Inhofe, now represents Oklahoma in the United States Senate.

City Auditor

The current auditor of Tulsa is Cathy Criswell. The auditor is elected independently of the City Council and Mayor to insure the auditor can act in an objective manner. Criswell was elected in 2013. The city auditor serves a term of two years.


The Chairman of the Tulsa City Council rotates between parties and members.

City Hall

Until 2007, City Hall was located in the civic center, a sector of downtown that included most governmental services, including the Federal Courthouse, Tulsa County Courthouse, Tulsa City-County Library, and The Convention Center. In 2007 Mayor Kathy Taylor proposed to move City Hall from its civic center location to One Technology Center, on the northwest corner of Second Street and Cincinnati. Taylor argued that a recent study showed the move would save $15.2 million over a 10-year period. Most of the savings would come from the new energy efficient building. The move then allowed the former City Hall property to be redeveloped into a new Aloft Hotel, to support the BOK Center. The conversion was completed in 2013.

On July 12, 2007, the Tulsa City Council voted 8-1 to move the City Hall to One Technology Center.


Tulsa's first city office building was a two-story brick building constructed in 1906 at 211 West Second Street. Primarily intended as a fire station, it included administrative offices and a police station. The city jail was in the basement. The city quickly outgrew that facility and began renting office space in the privately owned Reeder Building.

In 1917, Tulsa government offices moved into a much larger facility at Fourth and Cincinnati, formally called the Municipal Building to house city services. This served the city until the 1960s, when the Civic Center building was opened. The Municipal Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C on July 18, 1975. Its NRIS number is 75001574.


Government of Tulsa, Oklahoma Wikipedia

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