Tulsa, OK – 35 laid-off Tulsa Police Officers are getting their badges back today. The officers were cut as part of the on-going city budget crisis. They are only a small portion of the over 120 officers laid-off earlier this month.
The city is using a federal grant to hire the officers for the next 17 months. The officers agreed accepted the city's employment offer and will return to the streets next week.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Bartlett is preparing an energy efficiency program for the City of Tulsa. It is being called the most comprehensive energy initiative the city has ever seen. The Mayor's Chief of staff Terry Simonson says it will be unveiled next week.
The dollars for the program are in the form of grants and can't be used for general fund expenses. The project will include energy retro-fits and audits.
Tulsa, OK – Today, City of Tulsa staff began contacting the 35 police officers who are eligible to be hired back to the Tulsa Police Department. The officers were informed of recall rights and asked to report to the TPD Academy Tuesday morning for further instructions.
Mayor Bartlett said his office was notified on Friday of federal authorization to use $3.2 million in Justice Assistance Grant funding to hire back 35 officers.
Oklahoma City, OK – Big allegations leveled at the Skiatook School Board and its superintendent. State Auditor and Inspector Steve Burrage says an audit of the schools turned up almost 750-thousand dollars in wasteful spending.
Burrage says a third party was used to purchase security systems and janitorial supplies at a drastic mark-up. It some cases the mark up was a much as 500%.
We have calls to the Skiatook Public Schools seeking reaction.