Roger Jolliff retired as Director of the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency (TAEMA). Jolliff began his career as a Tulsa Police cadet in 1975, and retired from the Tulsa Police Department in 1998 to join TAEMA. He was appointed TAEMA director in 2011. The retirement was effective Dec. 8, 2017.
TAEMA Deputy Director, Joe Kralicek, will serve as interim director while a collaborative city-county review committee begins the search for a permanent director.
Mayor G.T. Bynum said “TAEMA is one of those great examples of City-County collaboration that works really well, and Roger has been a steady and capable leader through some difficult events, including last summer’s tornado. He will be missed.”
Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ron Peters said, “Roger has done a remarkable job facilitating the outstanding City-County mutual response to some very challenging times and events. It’s just a given that natural disasters are going to happen. However, the coordinated City-County response to such events can be made less hurtful by coordinating response teams and efforts. Roger has been the steadying hand to make it all come together harmoniously. On behalf of all the citizens of Tulsa County, that over the years you have warned of potential hazards, thank you!”
A four-member Review Committee made up of one representative each of the Mayor’s office, the City’s H.R. department, the Board of County Commissioners, and the Tulsa County H.R. department will be formed to review internal and external applications.
The Review Committee will choose from all applications a minimum of three candidates to send to the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. The Mayor and the Board of Commissioners, or their representatives, will interview each candidate and reach agreement on selection of a new Director.