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Assistant Oklahoma City Manager M.T. Berry to retire
M.T. Berry, one of Oklahoma City’s three Assistant City Managers, is retiring effective May 30.
“I’ve been blessed with a rewarding 48-year City career,” said Berry. “I recognized early on that I love working for the City. Being a public servant and helping people has been incredibly gratifying over the years.”
Berry announced his retirement last week in a letter to City Manager Craig Freeman.
“Few people know the City organization as well as M.T. Berry,” said Freeman. “His rise from a 19-year-old community service officer to Assistant City Manager is a testament to his hard work and dedication over the years. M.T. will be greatly missed, and we wish him well.”
Berry started his career with the City as a community service officer in the Police Department on Sept. 1, 1970. He was sworn in as a police officer a year later, and became the first black officer to lead the Department when he was named Oklahoma City’s 47th Police Chief on March 3, 1998. He has served as an Assistant City Manager since retiring as chief on Oct. 24, 2003.
The City’s Assistant City Managers each oversee a portfolio of departments, supervising department directors and reporting to the City Manager. Berry oversees Fire, Information Technology, Municipal Court, Police and General Services.
Berry has an Associate of Science degree in police science from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from the University of Central Oklahoma. He’s also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, National Executive Institute and the National Emergency Management Institute.
Berry’s family includes his wife, Dianna; children Major III, Michelle, Myrissa, Timothy and their spouses; and seven grandchildren.
The City Manager hires the Assistant City Managers. Another Assistant City Manager, Dennis Clowers, is also retiring effective Feb. 7, and a successor has not yet been named.
(UPDATE: This story was updated to reflect an Berry's updated effective retirement date of May 30.)
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