Most press requests should go through the Public Information & Marketing Office, which is the key link between media and citizens and City offices. Some departments maintain their own public information offices which are listed below.
METRO Transit, COTPA, City-owned parking
Oklahoma City Fire Department
Information on fires, accidents, fire safety
After-hours questions regarding a specific incident must be directed to the District Chief handling the incident. Media may contact Fire Dispatch after hours to get contact information on the District Chief who is Incident Commander.
Oklahoma City Police Department
Information on specific crimes, investigations, police programs
Parks & Recreation Department
including the Civic Center Music Hall, parks activities,
including trash pickup, bulky waste pickup, water treatment, main breaks
Will Rogers World Airport
Oklahoma City uses the Council/Manager form of government. Reporters covering City government should familiarize themselves with areas of responsibilty and authority under this system.
If you have more questions about how City government is structured, contact:
The two-cent general sales tax is the primary source of City funding. It makes up the majority of the General Fund which pays for core City services.
One of the most common misconceptions about our budget is that property taxes help finance City government. No property tax is used for day-to-day City operations.
You can find out more about the City budget in our Budget & Finance section. If you have further questions about the budget, contact
Oklahoma City is divided into eight Wards. Each Ward is represented by the Council member elected by the voters who live in that Ward.
The Mayor and Council serve overlapping four-year terms.
Council members also serve as members of many of the City's trusts. Some are also active in the National League of Cities.
You can find out more about the Mayor and individual Council members in the Mayor & Council section. If you have further questions about the Council, contact
High resolution photos of the Mayor, Council members and some City staff are available. Click on the name (not the picture) to get a high-resolution version of the thumbnail photo.
These photos are mostly in CMYK TIF format. They may not display properly in a web browser.