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Focused on State Agencies and Core Services

Oklahoma is fortunate to have a public service workforce that's dedicated to our citizens.  As the election approaches, I'll be highlighting many agencies and their programs to share their mission and recognize how their services impact our daily lives.  It's very easy for us to overlook how our Oklahoma Administrative Branch of government impacts our quality of life. 

I encourage you to thank a state public worker whenever you get the chance!

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Human resources, recruitment, and retention are immediate challenges facing all levels of Oklahoma government.  As the Baby Boomer workforce continues to retire, it's anticipated there could be workforce shortages in many critical areas, including highly skilled professions like first responders (e.g., police, fire, hazmat, 911 officers) and healthcare workers (e.g, paramedics, nurses, physicians). 

Recruiting new personnel, providing the resources to implement high quality training to ensure they reach appropriate competency levels will be critical.  If we fail to do so, we risk not having these services during natural disasters like tornadoes, wildfires, and other emergencies that can impact our region. Our State and local government agencies will need to maintain benefits that attract workers to these risky professions in order to avoid under-staffing (a safety risk) and avoid negative impact on morale. 

A career in public service is a rewarding option for young people interested in making a difference in their community.  We must attract and retain the best talent to ensure we achieve the level of core services that our citizens deserve and expect.  When we invest in core services, we improve the quality of life for all Oklahoma citizens.

 Focus on Administrative Agency Services


Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT)

Mission Statement:  "The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is to provide a safe, economical and effective transportation network for the people, commerce and communities of Oklahoma."

ODOT has developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  For example:

  • Who is responsible for city streets or county roads?  County commissioners maintain county roads and municipalities maintain their own streets, except for highways in their town. ODOT works closely with local entities to ensure good service, but does not have jurisdiction over local roads.
  • How do I report potholes, damaged signs, litter, downed limbs or other state highway or interstate maintenance concerns?  Please report the county, highway and nearest intersection or mile marker to the appropriate ODOT Field Division office.

And who doesn't like the free Oklahoma State Map?  Oklahoma educators love to display the maps in their classrooms to help familiarize students with our great state!  Learn more about obtaining a map HERE.

Fire Fighters

Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) 

Mission: Promote safety and awareness and reduce the loss of lives and property to the citizens and businesses of Oklahoma through public education, fire investigations, life safety inspections, building plan reviews, code assistance/enforcement and statistical data collection.

Did You Know: The OSFM was created in 1965 and is responsible for enforcing the State Fire Code.  OSFM's law enforcement agents investigate arson crimes throughout the state in collaboration county and city officials.  OSFM also works with the Oklahoma Department of Mines and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety to enforce all state laws governing the transportation, storage, and use of explosive devices.

OSFM requires builders of many types of buildings to obtain a permit from its office before construction to ensure compliance with the State Fire and Building Codes.  Many cities in Oklahoma adopt the State fire and building codes.  OSFM provides technical assistance to any city, town or county in the enforcement of the fire and building codes.  OSFM exemplifies how codes and regulations are used to successfully implement state laws, which are essential for serving and protecting Oklahoma citizens and businesses.

Consumer and Business Protection - Your Tax Dollars at Work!

Are you familiar with these two State government programs that were created to protect consumers and business, creating representative standards across our state?

Gas Pump

First, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Fuel Inspection and Compliance Department is responsible for annually inspecting Oklahoma gas pumps to ensure they are accurately dispensing fuel.  Make sure your look for this sticker on each pump, which indicates that it has been tested and approved.


Second, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry's Weights and Measures Program was created to protect consumers and businesses by ensuring that commercial weighing and measuring devices are serviced properly and perform within acceptable tolerences, making sure that that you're getting what you pay for, as well as ensuring business experience equity in the marketplace.

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