On October 12, Mayor G.T. Bynum renamed the Tulsa Blue Award for Mike Kier, the City's Chief Financial Officer. Here's an excerpt from the Mayor's email to employees:
Mike began his career in public service during my grandfather’s term as mayor, as a University of Tulsa urban studies intern, earning less than $1 per hour. He joined the Finance Department in 1975 as a research analyst. Ever since, he has been instrumental in guiding the City through some of the most turbulent financial times in our history – always with grace and genuine concern for his fellow public servants.
Upon Mike’s appointment as Finance Director, on October 12, 1993, Chief Administrative Officer Bob Lemons is quoted as saying Mike has “high expectations of himself, and he transfers that to high expectations of others." The last 25 years have proven him right.
When you have a career as meaningful and impactful as Mr. Kier’s, you don’t just get an award, you get the award named after you.
Mike has always put public service front and center of every decision he’s made, and in every bit of advice he has imparted to all of us over the years. So, it is only fitting that our highest award for outstanding public service bear his name.
Therefore, I am officially designating our Tulsa Blue Award as the Michael P. Kier Tulsa Blue Award for Public Service Excellence.