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Mayor Presents Marshelle Freeman with Michael P. Kier Tulsa Blue Award for Public Service Excellence; David Taylor Recognized with CityStar Award for Safety Excellence

This article was archived on 3/5/2023

This morning during a special employee recognition ceremony at City Hall, Mayor G.T. Bynum presented a Tulsa Blue award to Marshelle Freeman for her outstanding service to Tulsa, and a CityStar award to David Taylor for his work to improve safety culture at the City of Tulsa.  

“We are truly blessed with a dedicated and talented workforce here at the City of Tulsa,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “It is my pleasure to recognize Marshelle Freeman for her outstanding commitment to go above and beyond to meet the needs of citizens and her co-workers. I greatly appreciate her desire and efforts to make a difference at the City, as well as David Taylor’s leadership and commitment to safety in the workplace.”

About Marshelle Freeman
Marshelle Freeman currently serves in the City’s Working in Neighborhoods (WIN) Department and has been with the City of Tulsa for nearly 20 years. In February 2020, Marshelle accepted the position as Interim Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) manager while she continued her duties as a special administrative aide III in the WIN Department.  

In August 2022 when the City suffered the loss of beloved WIN Director Dwain Midget, Marshelle stepped up as a leader and provided selfless comfort to her fellow team members by helping organize and communicate information about Dwain’s funeral service with family, co-workers, and City of Tulsa leadership – both past and present.  

Marshelle works daily to make the City of Tulsa a better place to work and is dedicated to answering questions with a proper and timely response. Marshelle is an excellent public servant is highly regarded by her co-workers.  

About David Taylor  

David Taylor is a Treatment Plant Shift Lead for the City’s Water and Sewer Department and serves as the Department Chair of the Safety Committee.  

David has been instrumental in improving the committee, and because of his efforts, recordable injuries in the Water and Sewer Department have decreased by 63 percent.  

About Michael P. Kier Tulsa Blue Award for Public Service Excellence 

Tulsa Blue is an employee recognition program that honors City of Tulsa employees who go above and beyond the execution of their duties in serving their coworkers and Tulsa citizens. Blue is the dominant color in the City of Tulsa logo and symbolizes the extraordinary customer service demonstrated daily to Tulsa citizens and City coworkers alike by exemplary City of Tulsa employees. Mayor Bynum encourages citizens to nominate a City of Tulsa employee online. Residents can fill out the online form, including a brief description of why a City employee should be selected as a Tulsa Blue recipient, and submit it. 


About CityStar
City Star is a City of Tulsa safety awards and recognition program that recognizes employees for their tireless efforts to improve safety culture at the City of Tulsa. Employees are often nominated by their peers and supervisors and are recognized with CityStar awards for their efforts.