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Chief Quits as Layoffs Seem Eminent

The AP via YellowBrix

January 25, 2010

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa’s chief of police has quit, just as his department faced layoffs because of the city’s budget crisis.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced Friday that he accepted the resignation of Ron Palmer and appointed Tulsa County Sheriff’s Capt. Charles W. Jordan as interim police chief.

Palmer served as chief from 1992 to 2002 and then returned in 2007 when former Mayor Kathy Taylor appointed him.

Palmer says one of his regrets during his tenure is that he’ll have to inform 155 officers of layoffs, which he says not only will affect the department but the community, too.

The mayor says he has submitted an offer to Tulsa’s police union that would save 122 officers’ jobs.

Thirty-three officers would still be laid off under the proposal.


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    Whalewatcher

    over 4 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Tulsa may well end up regretting the layoffs !!! Sounds like the chief is falling on his sword here .....

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Trimming the fat would help. I agree with laying off the assistant or assistant's assistant and getting some of the high-paying job holders to take a pay cut. Like that's gonna happen.

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    ProvidencePD

    over 4 years ago

    448 Comments

    Sounds as though the chief has character and didn't want any part of telling cops that they could no longer go out to do their jobs.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42236 Comments

    ilegworldchamp you've coined a new phrase. VERY APPROPRIATE!!!!! Wish we had REAGANOMICS back again!!!!!!!!!!

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    ilegworldchamp

    over 4 years ago

    8966 Comments

    OBAMANOMICS AT WORK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    blucas80

    over 4 years ago

    1002 Comments

    I'm glad I don't live in Tulsa...I think the crime rate is about to go up

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    How about laying off all the assistants to the assistants or even just the assistants

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    chiefkcr

    over 4 years ago

    3614 Comments

    Sad, even now when they need us the most we are still the first place they cut.

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    Baxter2

    over 4 years ago

    1846 Comments

    I'm sure there's lots of places to cut rather than to lay off all those officers.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50482 Comments

    I'm sorry to hear about the layoff's. I think it's a horrible time for the Chief to bail on the community and his men and women of the Tulsa PD. I wish the men and women of the Tulsa PD the best in these troubling times. Good luck to you Chief Jordan.

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    rsironron

    over 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    It never fails when it comes to the budget the police department gets hit first, to take officers off the street is never good.

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    akeribear

    over 4 years ago

    2286 Comments

    rhood you are correct. hbg522 you are correct as well quity should not have been a option. He showed that he does not have the guts to stand up and fight for the jobs of these officers. (Now I only make that comment by what is in the article.)

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    quitting should not have been an option. best of luck to the new Chief.

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    rhood

    over 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Sacrificing public safety to balance the budgit will not lead to a good end.

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