Good Government

Brandon Dutcher | July 6, 2009

We care more (for taxpayers) in Claremore

Brandon Dutcher

"For more than a year and a half, Claremore has been able to cut costs through outsourcing," Rhett Morgan reports today. "The municipality has outsourced two departments-fleet maintenance and planning and zoning/engineering-since November 2007 and is in the process of converting a third."

"Oftentimes, in government, you don't have the overall performance driver like you do in the private sector, which is profit," says deputy city manager Matt Mueller. "So we have to look at different ways to make sure we're doing things as efficiently as possible."

"It's a delicate process to go through because oftentimes there are a lot of politics involved," Mueller says of outsourcing. "You want to be sensitive to people. But ultimately, we are here to provide the highest level of service to the citizens at the lowest cost."

Brandon Dutcher Senior Vice President

Brandon Dutcher

Senior Vice President

Brandon Dutcher is OCPA’s senior vice president. Originally an OCPA board member, he joined the staff in 1995. Dutcher received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma. He received a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University. Dutcher is listed in the Heritage Foundation Guide to Public Policy Experts, and is editor of the book Oklahoma Policy Blueprint, which was praised by Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman as “thorough, well-informed, and highly sophisticated.” His award-winning articles have appeared in Investor’s Business Daily, WORLD magazine,,, The Oklahoman, the Tulsa World, and 200 newspapers throughout Oklahoma and the U.S. He and his wife, Susie, have six children and live in Edmond.

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