Pat Key, Republican, is a candidate for Tulsa County Clerk and the only one of three candidates qualified for the position by both experience and temperament.
Key is currently the Chief Deputy in the Clerk’s office overseeing every department and responsible for recording and persevering all property records in Tulsa County. The office manages payroll for the County, administers the County retirement system, processes payment for all County bills and produces the County’s annual financial report. She has served as the Chief Deputy for the last eleven years and has been with the office for 13 years in total.
It is a detail demanding position with high levels of personnel management skill also required to keep the ever flowing cascade of public requests and legally required duties met within deadlines and expectations. Key accomplishes these tasks with skill and grace.
Those that frequent the Clerk’s office – especially for property records – find her staff helpful and friendly. Moral is high despite a significant daily workload.
Key has a degree in government from East Central University and a member of the Oklahoma County Officers and Deputies Association, the National Association of Clerks and Recorders and other professional associations. A longtime Republican activist, Pat Key has served as both treasurer and president of the Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County.
Prior to moving to Tulsa County, Key owned and operated a John Deere dealership and a cattle operation in McAlester, Oklahoma.
Key’s two opponents in this race have both had legal problems. One with a driving while impaired charge and the other with IRS and child support problems. (Click here for a Tulsa World story on those legal issues). Neither were known to attend party functions prior to filling for office.
Pat Key is an active member of Victory Christian Center.
Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris endorsed Key saying, “Pat Key, Chief Deputy in the County Clerk’s Office is an experienced professional with proven ability to manage that office. Just as importantly, Pat Key embodies the high moral qualities and integrity one expects of a person who lives and works by the tenets of her faith. She deserves our votes June 26th.”
Tulsa County is one of only five counties in the nation to be rated A+ by the Sunshine Review Project for Openness and Transparency and Pat Key was an important part of achieving that high standard.
Tulsa Today is proud to endorse Pat Key for County Clerk.