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Longest Tulsa County DA employee retires after 47 years

Posted: 5:37 AM, Feb 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-27 08:20:58-05
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TULSA — After 47 years, a staple in the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office is retiring.

Lynn Culver started her job under Buddy Fallis when she was still in high school. The 17-year old worked part time making $155.00 a month. When she was hired on full time in 1972, her salary was bumped up to $375.00 a month.

During her nearly five decades inside the courthouse, Culver has worked under six district attorneys.

"There's always that institutional person that has been there since time began and Lynn was that person," District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said. "She knows all the tricks."

She said she stuck around all this time because her job is the best one she could ever ask for.

Culver has worked on hundreds of murder cases and about 20 death penalty cases. She remembers details for several of them, including the victims, defendants, and outcomes.

She has worked in a number of roles. Right now, she is the administrative assistant for First Assistant District Attorney, Erik Grayless.

Her last day is Tuesday. She is looking forward to painting and relaxing. She did say she is going to miss her job, but she is going to just be a phone call away if anyone has questions.

"I used to say I have been here this long and I'm still sane, so I must be doing something right," Culver said. "When you get to that point where you think 'I'm losing my mind,' it's time to step down."

A party is being held for Culver Tuesday where her family and coworkers will celebrate her accomplishments.

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