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.
James D. Couch has led Oklahoma City as the City Manager since Nov. 9, 2000.
Assistant City Managers
Three Assistant City Managers support the City Manager.
- M.T. Berry oversees the following departments: Fire, Information Technology, Municipal Court, Police and General Services.
- Laura Johnson oversees the following departments: City Clerk, Development Services, Finance, Planning, Public Information and Marketing and Public Transportation and Parking.
- Dennis Clowers oversees Airports, MAPS, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Utilities.