Thank you for the opportunity to serve these past 8 years as your County Commissioner!
I love this job because it lets me meet people from all backgrounds and walks of life. I’ve found that we all share a desire to build a better quality of life for people here in Tulsa County and that people are eager to step forward to help.
This is the same thing I learned in my work as a broadcast journalist. For 26 years, I told the stories of people who weren’t out to grab headlines–they were just out to help folks who needed it. And they were out to do the work that improves their neighborhoods and communities. I loved telling those stories and now I get to work side by side with the people who are out there really making a difference.
It has been a busy 8 years since I first took office and there is a lot we have accomplished by working together.
Tulsa County is growing, and our quality of life is growing right along with it. Working together, we have created new, quality jobs and new opportunities. We are cleaning up abandoned properties and roadways.
My personal focus remains working to improve the lives of those caught in despairing situations. First, I’ve fought for housing for homeless veterans. Working with a great group of people, 290 veterans were housed by the end of 2015 and we are on track to find homes for 89 more by the end of this year.
Second, I am fighting to to help our troubled youth. Today our young people are served by talented staff when they get in trouble with the law, but their outcomes will improve greatly in the planned new facility. That’s why I fought for funding to build a new Family Justice Center that will give us even more tools to help kids get on the right path. The center will consolidate intervention services, counseling and career opportunities through a partnership with Tulsa Technology Center. The funding was secured with the overwhelming support of Tulsa County citizens and we are eager to get this effort underway.
Quality roads and bridges also remains a priority and Tulsa County deserves our fair share of state and federal funding. By partnering with local leaders, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Department of Transportation, we are working on several new projects throughout the county.
Lastly, as Commissioner, I have been fighting successfully to secure dollars to repair and maintain our aged-out levee system. These levees are at the core of protecting our homes, families and businesses. This work is also foundational to moving forward economic development along the river.
There is still a lot to finish and I look forward to working with people in every corner of the county to build on the progress we’ve made.
Thank you for your continued support and I hope to visit with you soon!