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The Transition Begins

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Kathy Taylor announced in June she would not seek re-election.

Tulsa, OK – Mayor Kathy Taylor is anxious to get to work with Mayor-Elect Dewey Bartlett and his transition staff.

"It takes a lot of love for your city and strong will to file for election, and I want to thank each candidate for participating in the democratic process," Mayor Taylor said.

The most pressing issue is the budget. "There is a lot of hard work ahead - this current budget crisis is unprecedented. The finance team and I are ready to get started," said Mayor Taylor. Mayor Taylor plans to brief Bartlett on the current state of this year's budget, and the issues which will need to be considered regarding next year's budget.

"We have an office set up for Mayor-elect Bartlett. He can occupy the office as soon as he would like and we will provide space for other staff as well," said Mayor Taylor.

Each department has drafted a summary of its staff and budget as well as issues to be addressed.

"I will be personally briefing the new mayor, as soon as he is available, on all the issues I am handling that need to be transitioned to the Mayor-elect," Mayor Taylor said.

The Mayor-elect will be invited to attend all management meetings, as well as attend any meeting on Mayor Taylor's schedule. Her staff has prepared a list of events and dates for which the Mayor's presence has been requested after her term ends.