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Fire Chief John Banks reflects on life, career

After a 42-year career with the City of Bartlesville, Fire Chief John Banks will officially retire effective July 1. Banks has been employed with the City since 1979, joining the Bartlesville Fire Department as a firefighter. He was promoted to equipment operator in 1989, then to captain in 2000. He was named fire chief in 2014.

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David Topping named Bartlesville fire chief

Deputy Fire Chief David Topping has been tapped to take over the top position at the Bartlesville Fire Department in the wake of Chief John Banks’ retirement later this month. After 32 years of service with BFD, Topping will officially become chief of the department on July 1.

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Reception planned for outgoing Fire Chief John Banks

A come and go reception will be held for outgoing Fire Chief John Banks from 2-4 p.m. on June 30. Banks will retire at the end of the month after 42 years of service with the Bartlesville Fire Department.

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Sales tax in June up as fiscal year closes

The City’s fiscal year will close on June 30 to make way for the new fiscal year beginning July 1. The City ends the year on a high note fiscally, with sales tax receipts for (mostly) June sales up 36.2 percent. CFO/City Clerk/Treasurer Jason Muninger talked with City Beat this week about the 2020-21 fiscal year and what is expected for FY 2021-22.

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City Council OKs FY 2021-22 Operating, Capital Projects budgets

The FY 2021-22 Operating Budget is based on flat sales tax projections for the upcoming year and includes $2.9 million in federal stimulus funds provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The budget also includes fee adjustments for City of Bartlesville utility customers, which are necessary to fund upcoming capital needs mandated by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and Environmental Protection Agency and to maintain the current level of utility services.

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BPD traffic stops: What you need to know

The Bartlesville Police Department and the Westside Community Center of Bartlesville are teaming up to present “Traffic Stops: What should you know?” The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on June 26 at WCC, 501 S. Bucy Ave.

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