Lawton, Oklahoma

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Lawton is one of the five largest cities in Oklahoma.

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Oklahoma city websites

This website was most recently evaluated on 15 July 2012.

The good

  • Budgets
    • The current budget is available, and budgets for the last three years are available.[1]
  • Meetings
    • A meeting calendar is posted[2]
    • Current agendas are posted[2]
  • Elected Officials
    • The city council is listed with names, phone numbers, and email addresses[3]
    • The mayor is listed with a name and email address[3]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Name, phone number, physical address, and email address are listed for the city manager.[4]
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are available.[5]
  • Audits
  • Financial audits are posted and are archived for three years.[6]
  • Contracts
  • Information on bids is available.[7]
  • Public Records
  • Name and contact information for person in charge of public records is disclosed.[8]
  • Taxes
    • Utility rates are posted.[9]

The bad

  • Meetings
    • Agendas are not archived for at least three years
    • Meeting minutes are not available
  • Elected Officials
    • The mayor's phone number is not posted
    • Physical addresses are not available for elected officials.
  • Administrative Officials
    • No contact information is listed for other administrative officials
  • Building permits and zoning
    • Building permits are not available
  • Contracts
    • No active contract information is available
  • Lobbying
    • Lobbying information and ethics are not noted
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to file a records request is available.
  • Taxes
    • Local tax information is not provided


Lawton is a city in and the county seat of Comanche County, Oklahoma. It is the principal city of the Lawton, Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was estimated at 90,091 in 2008 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Elected Officials

See also: Oklahoma state employee salary

See also: Oklahoma public pensions

The City Council approves all ordinances, resolutions, and contracts, including but not limited to property sales, acquisitions and leases as well as major purchases of materials, equipment and services required by the city. With the advice and assistance of the City Manager, the Council reviews proposals for community needs, initiates action for new programs and determines the ability of the city to provide financing for City activities. The Council is responsible for approval of the annual operating budget.[3]

Eight council members are elected officials, and serve 3-year terms.[3]

2012 Elected Officials for Lawton, OK[3]
Name Ward Term
Fred Fitch Mayor to 2013
Bill Shoemate 1 2013
Michael Tenis 2 2013
Rosemary Bellino-Hall 3 2014
Jay Burk 4 2014
George Moses 5 Appointed
Richard Zarl 6 2015
Stanley Haywood 7 2015
Doug Wells 8 2015

Administrative Officials

The City Manager is responsible for the enforcement of all pertinent State and Federal laws and the City Charter provisions; preparation of proposed annual operating budget and its administration after adoption. He advises the City Council regarding policy determination and performs administrative studies and activities upon the direction of Council.[10]

Lawton's current city manager is Larry Mitchell[10]

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