Meet the Treasurer




John Fothergill is the Treasurer for Tulsa County. He is a graduate of Jenks High School and Northeastern State University with a B.A. in Finance. He is married and has two sons. He served as Chief Deputy of the Treasurer under Dennis Semler. He was also Chief Deputy for Commissioner Karen Keith.

Before he came to Tulsa County, he worked for over a decade at the Tulsa City Council where he was the Director of Constituent Services, Legislative Liaison, and Council Aide serving all nine City of Tulsa Districts. He is a former Board of Adjustment Member, City Councilor, and Vice-Mayor of Sand Springs. He also served on the Tulsa Area Metropolitan Planning Commission, was a former Chair of PatriotFest, a former board member of Oklahoma Municipal League, Sand Springs Rotary, Tulsa Levee District 12 and Route 66 Main Street.

John is a member of the Coalition of Tulsa Area Governments and has served 18-years on the Event Management Team for Oktoberfest. In addition, he is currently a board member of the Metropolitan Environmental Trust, the Lucile Page Manor Apartments, and Campaign Cabinet for the Tulsa Area United Way.

In his free time, John enjoys camping and helping with BSA Troop 507 of Sand Springs. He also helps run a cow-calf operation on a 160-acre farm in Garfield County with his dad and brother and enjoys hunting Oklahoma’s wide range of game with his family.

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Treasurer Responsibilities

Revenue Collection

The primary responsibility of the treasurer is to receive, manage, and invest all revenues received by County Government. The revenues include ad valorem property taxes, business personal property taxes, public service corporation taxes, fire and drainage district revenues, Oklahoma Tax Commission payments and various other sources of revenue.

Financial Management

All revenues are fully invested daily and are either fully collateralized by government securities or are FDIC insured. The majority of revenues are received by mail through an automated processing system which results in a more immediate investment of funds and allows for more accurate processing of payments. Collections are balanced on a daily, monthly, and year-to-date basis which allows the investment of funds to be made with greater accuracy.

After collection, revenues are ultimately disbursed by the treasurer. Funds are disbursed to the public schools, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Technology Center, the City-County Library system, municipalities within Tulsa County and Tulsa County Government. All of the funds paid to the Tulsa County Treasurer remain within Tulsa County.

Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The Tulsa County Treasurer is committed to the principle that each and every citizens is always:

  • to be treated with courtesy and respect
  • to be treated fairly and equitably
  • to be provided prompt services and information
  • to be given personal and professional attention
  • to be provided with an opportunity to have your suggestions and opinions heard and acted upon
  • to be referred to the appropriate department or individual in a friendly and courteous manner