Scott Tatom appointed to fill Ward 4 vacancy on city council
By Lea Terry
Del City’s newest council member is a longtime resident who wants to be a voice for the people of his ward. Incoming Ward 4 Councilman Scott Tatom officially took office at the council’s Dec. 18 meeting.
“I feel like a lot of people feel like no one is listening to them,” Tatom said. “I want to stand up for them on this council.”
Tatom was selected from among dozens of applicants to fill the seat, which became vacant when Kyle Gandy resigned in November to become the city’s director of economic development.
Tatom previously served on the Del City Urban Renewal Authority, resigning that post to take on the Ward 4 council seat. He also worked at the Del City Police Department and OSBI. His vision for the city is to not only encourage economic development, but also create a safe and welcoming space for residents.
“When I was a kid, back in the ‘60s, you could leave your doors unlocked,” Tatom said.
Tatom ran for city council in the 1990s, but the council then was very different from today’s group.
“It was very disorganized; this is a completely different situation,” he added.
Among Tatom’s top concerns are basic safety issues such as streetlights and road conditions such as potholes. He also wants to help push the city forward and encourage the development of business and retail.
Tatom was sworn in at the Dec. 18 city council meeting. He took the oath of office at the meeting, swearing to defend the U.S. Constitution and Oklahoma Constitution and represent Ward 4 to the best of his ability. He began his term immediately, voting on several council agenda items including adopting the 2024 Del City Comprehensive Plan and approving street repairs on SE 41 St. and SE 43 St. Tatom’s term expires April 2025.