City Hiring Process Upheld by Civil Service Commission

The City of Tulsa Civil Service Commission voted unanimously uphold Mayor Kathy Taylor’s decision to reject three internal candidates and search nationally for police chief candidates. In upholding the decision, the commissioners agreed that Mayor Taylor followed the appropriate processes for reviewing and interviewing internal applicants before moving to an external search.

“I feel good about the commission’s ruling and I appreciate their expeditious consideration,” Taylor said, following the Commission’s ruling. “Now we can move forward.”

At the 1:30 p.m. hearing Thursday, the Commission listened to arguments presented by Tony Puckett, the attorney representing the City, and James Moore, the attorney for the three police chief candidates who filed a grievance after being rejected for the chief position. The commission entered executive session, reconvened the public hearing and took a vote at about 2:30 p.m.

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