Tulsa County Commissioner Fred Perry resigns
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Monday, February 11, 2013
2/11/13 at 5:43 PM
Tulsa County Commissioner Fred Perry announced Monday morning that he is resigning effective July 8, citing health issues.
Perry, 72, said he had a heart procedure last fall.
He made the announcement during the Board of County Commissioners' regular meeting.
"There are just some things I would like to do on this Earth that I can't do while I'm working," he said after the meeting.
Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney John David Luton said after the meeting that Perry will submit a letter of "irrevocable resignation" to the Governor's Office.
Under normal circumstances, the governor has 30 days to call a special election to fill a vacant seat, Luton said.
But in this case, Perry will recommend to the governor that the primary election for his vacant seat be held June 11 -- the day the mayor's primary is scheduled, Luton said.
The general election could then be held on Aug. 13, the date set for the runoff primary in the mayor's race, Luton said.
Luton stressed that this would be Perry's recommendation but that it is Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to make.
Perry represents District 3. A former state legislator, he was elected to the county commission in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. His current term expires at the end of 2014.
Fred Perry (left) in December. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file