Laid off Tulsa officers may be rehired

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett says 92 police officers who remain laid off because of budget cuts last year may be rehired.

Bartlett told the City Council Tuesday night that 59 will be rehired to replace officers who have retired. He said the remaining 33 will be rehired if the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 93 approves a contract agreement that includes unspecified concessions.

The city laid off 124 officers in January because of budget shortfalls. More than 30 have been rehired using federal grant money. Bartlett said he doesn't know if all the laid off officers would
agree to return as some have found other jobs. Interim Police Chief Chuck Jordan estimated that about 70 would return.

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