Government of Tulsa, Oklahoma

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The Tulsa City Hall, formerly known as One Technology Center, houses most city government functions.

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.

Elected officials[edit]


The present mayor of Tulsa is Mayor G. T. Bynum, a Republican.[1] 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[edit]

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


The 2018-20 Tulsa City Council [2] has a historic super majority of women.[3] The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Tulsa City Council are one year appointments which are nominated and elected by the Councilors each December. All 9 seats on the Council are nonpartisan and are elected by the voters of Tulsa in August (General Election) or November (Run Off Election) every other year.[4]

Name District Year First Elected Council Chair/Vice Chair Appointment
Vanessa Hall-Harper District 1 2016 2021 Chair
Jeannie Cue District 2 2011
Crista Patrick District 3 2018
Kara Joy McKee District 4 2018
Mykey Arthrell-Knezek District 5 2020
Connie Dodson District 6 2014
Lori Decter Wright District 7 2018 2021 Vice Chair
Phil Lakin, Jr. District 8 2011 2020 Immediate Past Chair
Jayme Fowler District 9 2020


City Hall[edit]

Tulsa's City Hall in the Civic Center until 2007.

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.[6] The move then allowed the former City Hall property to be redeveloped into a new Aloft Hotel,[7] to support the BOK Center. The conversion was completed in 2013.[8]

On July 12, 2007, the Tulsa City Council voted 8-1 to move the City Hall to One Technology Center.[9]


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.[10] The city quickly outgrew that facility and began renting office space in the privately owned Reeder Building.

text Tulsa Municipal Building (1917-1977)

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.[11] The Municipal Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C on July 18, 1975. Its NRIS number is 75001574.[12]


  1. ^ Griffin, David. "GT Bynum Defeats Incumbent Bartlett For Tulsa Mayor".
  2. ^ "Tulsa City Council".
  3. ^ World, Kevin Canfield Tulsa. "When six women are sworn in as Tulsa city councilors on Monday, history will be made". Tulsa World.
  4. ^ "City of Tulsa".
  5. ^ "Tulsa City Council".
  6. ^ P.J. Lassek (2007-06-13). "Mayor: City Hall move is crucial". Tulsa World. Archived from the original on 2011-08-07. Retrieved 2007-06-13.
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  8. ^ Lowrie, Lacey (April 11, 2013). "Get A Preview Of New Downtown Hotel In Old Tulsa City Hall Building". News on 6. Accessed July 5, 2015.
  9. ^ P.J. Lassek (2007-07-13). "City Hall move OK'd, with conditions". Tulsa World. Archived from the original on 2007-08-11. Retrieved 2007-07-13.
  10. ^ "A Chronological history of Tulsa, 1836 - 1950". Tulsa County GenWeb site.
  11. ^ "The Many Homes of City Hall". Tulsa Gal Website, February 19, 2010
  12. ^ "Tulsa Municipal Building". Tulsa Preservation Commission. Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine

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