Office of the Mayor
More than 200,000 women across the U.S. are living behind bars,
mostly due to non-violent, drug-related charges. Oklahoma currently
ranks No. 1 for female incarceration per capita in the U.S.,
despite the fact that Oklahoma's crime rate is average, ranking
17th in the nation.
This past year we've seen a remarkable exception to our high
ranking: Tulsa County has successfully decreased female prison
receptions by 24 percent due to strategic alternative programming,
prioritized treatment instead of incarceration, collaboration
within the criminal justice system and public/private partnerships
between the criminal justice and social service sectors.
Members of the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women also
presented me with the result of a three-year examination of female
incarceration, emphasizing the local and state gaps in programming.
I am very proud of these dedicated women for working so
diligently on this matter. They interviewed volunteers at
the Tulsa County jail and representatives of non-profit agencies in
Tulsa working on the same issue.
A top priority identified was the need for more services such as
education programs and advocates who can help incarcerated women.
It is my hope that we can work together as a community to provide
women the resources necessary to not only prevent incarceration,
but to transition them back into society.
Our next Safer, Stronger Tulsa Public Safety Summit, focusing on
women at risk, will help implement the crucial work of the
Commission and address the gaps faced by women in our criminal
justice system. It will be a long road, but through the dedication
of my office and our partners, we can help find a
resolution in providing the safety and peace these families need. I
am proud to call Tulsa my home and to serve as your Mayor for that
Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
A citizens satisfaction survey is conducted every three years to
provide City officials guidance on citizen priorities and areas of
focus for the budget. Since 2013, Tulsans are more satisfied with
city government in nearly all major categories. You can view the highlights or read the full report online.
I want to thank the citizens of Tulsa for acting in a
spirit of innovation and enterprise by voting for Vision
Tulsa. Tulsans have shown their support for some truly
remarkable projects to help preserve the safety of our community,
improve our streets and implement game-changing economic
More than three years ago I pitched the public safety/street
maintenance needs in our city to citizens at the First Presbyterian
Church in downtown Tulsa. It's been a long road to get where we are
today, but with your input and the work from my
Administration, the City Council and our City departments, one
of the largest investments in history passed.
I couldn't be more proud of our city. We now have a plan totaling
$884 million in revenue streams. Our economic development
projects will also play a pivotal role in the coming years, which
will keep Tulsa competitive and garner tremendous dividends for our
Our City is going to be safer, stronger and more resilient with the
strides we are making as a community. Soon, we will begin
implementing Vision Tulsa to improve public safety, create jobs and
more opportunities for our youth and improve our streets and
My Administration and the Tulsa City Council have worked tirelessly
to ensure we are guaranteeing the highest and best use of citizens'
tax dollars - and that work will continue with the Vision Tulsa
program. For more details, please visit: www.cityoftulsa.org/Vision
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your mayor. Together, let's
keep the momentum going.
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
Mayor of Tulsa
2015 State of the City
Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., presented his 2015 State of the
City to a packed house at the Cox Convention Center. You can read
his full speech online, along with watching the videos:Be the Reason | The Heart of
Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving
The City of Tulsa is leading the way in safety and is now one of
the few municipalities in the nation to have a comprehensive
distracted driving policy. Please watch "The City of Tulsa
Puts the Brakes On Distracted Driving" video, produced by
the Communications Department.
I also encourage you and your family to follow the City of
Tulsa's lead and take steps to make your own vehicle a
distracted-free zone, not only to save your own life, but the lives
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.
Make a Difference in a Child's Life Through Mentoring
January is National Mentoring Month and cities all across the
nation are focusing on the need for more mentors in schools to help
children and youth succeed in life.
Here in Tulsa, my wife, Victoria Bartlett and I have supported and
promoted the Mentoring to the Max initiative since I took office.
The Mayor's Mentoring to the Max awareness program pairs caring
adults with children who need a little extra attention to help them
lead successful, productive lives.
Mentoring makes a difference in our community and can positively
impact our city's economic health. As Mayor of Tulsa, I'm committed
to making sure our students are equipped with the knowledge and
skills they need for future success.
Last summer, the City of Tulsa took the lead and adopted Emerson
Elementary which is quite close to City Hall. Currently, 27 City
employees are actively engaged in Emerson, serving as weekly lunch
buddies, special guest readers and presenters (covering their field
of expertise at the City). I'm excited about the opportunity we
have as public servants to give back to our community and make a
difference in these students' lives.
I also hope you'll join us in our mentoring efforts and do
something great for Tulsa - share your gifts with a child to help
him or her succeed in school and prepare for the future. It only
takes an hour or so of your time each week,
either individually or in a group setting.
The time is now; make January the time to give back and nurture a
child. Read more about Mentoring to the Max on our website.
Dewey F. Bartlett Jr.