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About TL Cox

TL Cox is a Senior Consultant with The Persimmon Group with a background in program/project management, procurement, process re-engineering, organizational transformation, and classification/compensation. He has previously served the roles of Chief Information Officer (CIO), Director of Consulting Services, Program Manager, and Systems Administrator/Analyst for various public and private organizations including The City of Tulsa, The Waters Consulting Group, Inc., and The Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce. As CIO for the City of Tulsa, TL managed 142 employees and an approximately $22M budget. While leading the Information Technology Department, TL stabilized a number of enterprise projects; procured and negotiated contracts for replacement CRM and IVR solutions; and reduced the department’s operating budget by approximately $1.5M in slightly over one fiscal year. TL is actively involved in local government and has spoken before such organizations as the Alliance for Innovation, Louisiana Municipal Association, Texas Municipal Human Resources Association, National League of Cities, and Texas Association of Regional Councils.

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Public Sector Leadership and Coaching Basketball

Public Sector Leadership and Coaching Basketball

If you’ve read any of my blog entries for The Persimmon Group (TPG), you know that I’m a hardcore Dallas Mavericks fan, a true blue MFFL (Mavs Fan For Life).  Tulsa is my adopted home, though, and much of my work at TPG is in Oklahoma City, so I throw some of my...
Challenges Confronting a Public Sector CIO

Challenges Confronting a Public Sector CIO

In “Team of Teams:  New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World,” General Stanley McChrystal explores the challenges he experienced while commanding the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq.  I won’t provide too much detail, as I don’t want to call “spoiler...
Efficiency Initiatives in Local Government

Efficiency Initiatives in Local Government

In a May 2012 Wall Street Journal article, Leslie Kwoh warned that the term “innovation” was at risk of becoming cliché. To support her observation, she provided a number of examples, the most astonishing of which was a 64% increase in the number of times the word...
Detroit: A Roadmap to a New City

Detroit: A Roadmap to a New City

Abuzz with the news that a federal judge approved its restructuring plan November 7, the City of Detroit took another important step in its restoration. Crafted under the guidance of an appointed Emergency Manager (EM), the plan authorizes the City to eliminate $7...
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