Commissioner Karen Keith, District 2 (Chairman)

 

 kkeith@tulsacounty.org

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Sherry Langston
Assistant to County Commissioner District 2
 918-596-5016
 slangston@tulsacounty.org

Highway Maintenance
Scott Gray   918-591-6066  

Karen Keith was elected Tulsa County Commissioner for District 2 in November 2008 and began her third four-year term in 2016. Her top priorities for Tulsa County are focused on establishing a new Family Justice Center, working with a broad coalition to secure funding and completion of the Gilcrease Expressway, advocating for federal and local funds to repair the Sand Springs Levee, and working with community partners on issues related to homelessness. She has worked diligently with the help of the Tulsa Beautification Foundation, United Way, Guts Church members, and numerous volunteers to clean up and improve unincorporated neighborhoods in west and southwest Tulsa.

Active in civic affairs, Keith served in 2013-2014 as the 100th president and is currently on the board of the Rotary Club of Tulsa and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She also serves on the Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors, the Will Rogers Memorial Foundation, the OKPOP Foundation, and the Tulsa Arvest Board of Directors. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX, the Oklahoma Academy, and the Chambers of Commerce in Tulsa, Jenks, Sand Springs, and Southwest Tulsa. She has been involved in the Brookside Business Association for many years.

Karen grew up in Muskogee. She was active in 4-H and graduated from Muskogee High School in 1972. She put herself through college with scholarships and a variety of jobs. A 1976 graduate of Oklahoma State University, her degree is in radio, TV-news, and public affairs. She worked 26 years in broadcasting with 21 years at KJRH as an anchor, reporter, and executive producer and host of “Oklahoma Living.” Karen is proudest of her work on documentaries that took her to Vietnam, Israel, Germany, Russia, and Mexico.

In 2002, Keith became Director of Community Relations and Vision implementation for Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune. Serving as part of the team focused on successful passage of Vision 2025, she helped form the Vision Arena and Convention Center Design Committee and the Vision 2025 Downtown Housing Fund Committee.

Following her service at City Hall, Keith worked for the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Partnership Development for the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Keith and her husband, Patrick Malloy, a Tulsa attorney, are fortunate to share their lives with Gulnara Taragachova, a foreign exchange student from Baku, Azerbaijan. Gulnara attended one year of high school in Tulsa followed by Tulsa Community College where she was named a “Distinguished Alumni honoree” and then graduated from OSU-Tulsa with a degree in international business. Gulnara now lives in the Netherlands with her daughter Samaya and works for Shawcor.

Keith’s Accomplishments:

  • Tulsa Community College Foundation Vision in Education Leadership 2019
  • Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association Public Official of the Year 2019
  • Tulsa County Bar Association Liberty Bell 2019
  • The Journal Record Woman of the Year Honoree 2010
  • Governor’s Judicial Nominating Committee 2008
  • American Women in Radio in Tulsa Best of Broadcast Television Broadcasting 2001
  • Karen Keith's Success Stories - Journal Record Publishing Advocate of the Year 1994
  • Outstanding Individual in Television - National Honor by American Women in Radio and TV Star Award 1994
  • United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees). “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” 1993
  • American Heart Association Meritorious Service in the Fight Against Heart Disease 1992
  • OSU Distinguished Alumnus 1991
  • Outstanding 4-H Alumnae Award 1990
  • Oklahoma Jaycees “Five Outstanding Young Oklahomans” 1990
  • Tulsa Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television Outstanding Television Personality-Reporter of the Year 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1999
  • Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Outstanding Achievement - Large Market TV Newscast 1984