The longest serving treasurer in the history of Oklahoma County says he’ll seek a sixth term in office.
Butch Freeman has been treasurer since 1993.
He was elected to his first full term in 1994 and has been re-elected every four years since then.
Freeman retired as a colonel after a 23-year Air Force career.
He tells a story about getting his nickname — his given name is Forrest — from his parents when he was growing up in Missouri.
Paraphrasing here, Freeman tells how he was starting school and was told to remember to give the teacher his given name. Coming home that day, he said, “Momma, what did you say my name was?”
“All I have ever gone by is Butch,” Freeman says.
Freeman is one of Oklahoma County’s eight elected officials. His office prepares tax bills, collects the taxes and distributes the money.
Oklahoma County keeps about 10 cents of every dollar collected for county government. The other 90 cents goes to other government uses, mostly public schools.
(Contributing: Staff Writer Joey Stipek)