Bartlett reacts to FOP endorsing Taylor

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Updated: 10/03/2013 5:40 pm Published: 10/03/2013 3:40 pm

FOX23 has found police officers' paychecks are taking center stage in the fight to be Tulsa mayor.

Tonight, the city's first responders are unanimously backing candidate Kathy Taylor.

In a news conference Thursday, Taylor handed out fliers about "Getting Back To Basics" as she laid out her plan to work for a safer Tulsa.

It came a day after the Fraternal Order of Police announced endorsement of her. The local firefighter union already endorsed Taylor as well.

The latest announcement prompted Bartlett's campaign to tweet: "Looks like I'm 0 and 3 with labor union endorsements, #ohwell."

"It's a promise that our department has made to our officers and the city has made to the officers," said FOP Jessica Caswell.

She said it's a promise that isn't being kept. She said every year officers have an evaluation. If their performance is satisfactory, they get a pay raise.

"Right now our mayor not only didn't budget for it, but Kathy Taylor budgeted for it every time she was mayor, and our mayor does not want to give us our budget increases," she said.

The FOP wasn't sure its members would endorse anyone, according to Ron Bartmier.

But after a lengthy process, he says the choice was easy because Taylor was always fair and easy to work with.

"I can't really say the same about the current administration. It's more my way or the highway," said Bartmier.

FOX23 asked Bartlett about allegations of shutting officers out and backtracking on contractual agreements.

He said the FOP thinks they can make a better deal with Taylor.

"But from my perspective, I represent the people of Tulsa and I want to make a fair deal," he said.

He said Taylor's spending policies as mayor caused the city to actually layoff officers.

"While she was mayor she did lay off officers, she turned off the lights, cut back a lot of things, sold the horses even and then she quit," he said.

He said he would like to add police officers and also focus on public safety, like Taylor.

"My plan is to put more police in our neighborhoods, use smart technology to keep us safer and aggressively crack down on the rise we're seeing on violent crime," he said.

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starmanrexs - 10/4/2013 11:37 PM
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Unions all picked the Democrat. And the surprise there is...?

Unwashed Mass - 10/4/2013 11:44 AM
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Taylor is a FOP union lackey that let TPD slide when every other city department had to reign in spending. She barely led the city into bankruptcy, and now blames her successor for how he had to deal with her mess. Dont be fooled again.

Mayor Maynot - 10/3/2013 7:39 PM
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If you just weren't so dang slow. But that's not all attributed to ground troops . The inept higher ups without the practical planning skills would have sped the job up by establishing more than one drop off location for tree debris. Cut trips in half save fuel and double the efficiency of workers. Face it more than half the job is getting it there and getting it dumped quick so you can get back on location to get some more. Prompts me to say once again I don't care which one of these carreer highschool class presidents you pick for ribbon cutting and tea party's. Pick a city manager who went to school to learn specifically how to maintain the bottom line and make sure everybody gets a fair evaluation.

DED666 - 10/3/2013 6:46 PM
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Thee only way taylor was able top give police a raise was to cut the pay of the rest of the city workers. We have evaluations every year also yet no matter how good our evaluations have been we haven't received pay raises in about 8 years. When the storms blow in it is city workers that are the first and only responders, not the police or firefighters. We are the ones clearing the streets, maintaining the creeks and other essentialservices.
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