Members of new public safety task force named
BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer
Saturday, April 14, 2012
12/28/12 at 8:57 AM
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Mayor Dewey Bartlett and the City Council on Friday announced the six members of a new task force that will make recommendations to make Tulsa one of the country's safest cities.
Bartlett and Council Chairman G.T. Bynum emphasized that the public safety task force is not in response to the Good Friday shooting spree that left three residents dead and two others injured. The task force is the product of the mayor and council's joint goals and objectives set for 2012.
"Tulsa is a city of resilience, and we must strive every day to make Tulsa a better place and a safer community," Bartlett said during an afternoon news conference.
The appointees are:
Bynum said that by naming the task force's members, city leaders acknowledge that "the sum of all wisdom on this subject does not reside within City Hall."
- Carol Bush, Tulsa Crime Commission executive director.
- Reuben Davis, local attorney.
- Paul Gallahar, former Tulsa fire marshal and Oklahoma State Retired Firefighters Association president.
- Hastings Siegfried, former Tulsa police officer, State Chamber of Oklahoma chairman-elect and Nordam chief operating officer.
- Regina Moon, Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.
- Kevin Matthews, former Tulsa Fire Department administrative chief.
"I am proud of my colleagues for setting a big and important goal and am thankful for these citizens lending their expertise to help us reach it," he said.
The task force must provide the mayor and council with actionable steps by Dec. 1.
The boundaries of public safety go beyond police and fire protection, Bartlett said, adding that they also encompass emergency medical services, public works functions, at-risk programs for children and other areas.
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Mayor Dewey Bartlett speaks Friday during a press conference at City Hall about a new public safety task force. Behind him are Police Chief Chuck Jordan (left), Hastings Siegfried and City Councilor Phil Lakin. JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World
City Council Chairman G.T. Bynum addresses the media Friday at City Hall. He said that by naming the public safety task force's members, city leaders acknowledge that "the sum of all wisdom on this subject does not reside within City Hall." JOHN CLANTON/Tulsa World