Recent Master’s Graduates Join Tulsa’s Team
Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.
Mayor of Tulsa
NEW TULSANS: Tulsa’s ICMA Fellows include, from left, Kevin Catlin, Miles Lovato, Jillian Childress and Nathan Dorfman.
Courtesy City of Tulsa
The City of Tulsa is partnering with the International City/County Management Association () for a Graduate Fellowship Program that places recent master’s degree graduates from around the country with municipalities to help with research and policy initiatives.
Four fellows from the program were selected to work at the City of Tulsa full-time on a variety of projects with the following city departments: Asset Management, Customer Care, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Tulsa Police and Water & Sewer.
Fellows will work on projects ranging from police civilianization implementation to sustainability initiatives and grants and assist with a variety of short-term projects that are in need of analysis and research.
This is a great opportunity for the City of Tulsa to have professionals that are familiar with city government and are on the path to become city managers across the U.S. It also provides the City of Tulsa with an opportunity to potentially promote and retain these highly qualified individuals within the organization to help with succession as our employees reach retirement age. We want to thank each fellow for choosing Tulsa as their home and look forward to their contributions to the city.
All four fellows have already moved to Tulsa and started working with their assigned city departments. was responsible for vetting the fellows and setting up placement interviews. The City of Tulsa will be responsible for the fellows’ salaries for at least one year.
The City of Tulsa Fellows include the following:
• Kevin A. Catlin from Elgin, Ill., with a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois, Springfield;
• Jillian Childress from Chicago, with a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University;
• Nathan Dorfman from Philadelphia, with a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh; and
• Miles Lovato from Denver, with a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University.
The International City/County Management Association () advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build better communities. For more information about , visit: http://icma.org.