City Manager

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Appointed by the City Council, the City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City.

Oklahoma City has a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager coordinates and directs City activities, carries out policies set by the City Council and exercises control over all City employees except those appointed by the City Council (City Auditor, Municipal Counselor, Municipal Judges and the Mayor’s office staff). The City Manager presents the annual budget to the Mayor and Council and provides professional recommendations to help the City Council develop policy.

The Public Information & Marketing Office and MAPS Project Office are divisions of the City Manager's Department. Other functions include economic development and special projects.

James D. Couch has led Oklahoma City as the City Manager since Nov. 9, 2000. He is retiring effective Jan. 2 and will be succeeded by Craig Freeman.

Assistant City Managers         

Three Assistant City Managers support the City Manager.