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Longtime City of Tulsa leader dies after lifetime of public service

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Posted at 11:52 AM, Aug 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-03 19:18:54-04

TULSA, Okla. — A longtime public servant for the City of Tulsa died Tuesday, the city announced.

Dwain E. Midget, Director of the Working In Neighborhoods Department, worked in various full-time roles for decades after working as a refuse collector as a summer job in 1972 and 1973.

“A great man passed away last night," Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "Dwain Midget was a tireless community leader and a true Tulsa success story - starting his career with the City working on a garbage truck, earning his law degree, and working his way up to be a senior leader in the city government for decades including his most recent service as Director of the Working in Neighborhoods Department. When we wanted to inspire up and coming public servants at the City, we would find time for them to visit with Dwain. I will always remember him telling my brand-new staff in the Mayor’s Office that we should never give up trying to do the right thing in public service."

Midget joined the City of Tulsa full-time in 1984, working in City Development, Human Rights, Planning and Working in Neighborhoods. He served under eight different mayors including Bynum.

“One thing that always struck people about Dwain was that he was a man of enormous accomplishment, but he was also incredibly kind," Bynum said." He worked equally effectively with Democrats and Republicans. This work was never political to him - it was about service. He loved North Tulsa and worked hard to find common ground around challenging issues there. But his impact was citywide. The prayers of our family and the City of Tulsa team are with Dwain’s family. This is a great loss.”


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