Oklahoma City Manager
James D. Couch was appointed City Manager of the City of Oklahoma City on November 9, 2000. In the position he serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the City responsible for the management and day-to-day operation of City government. Oklahoma City is a full-service City with nearly 4,300 employees and a total budget of $900 million. Mr. Couch serves on the following City-related boards and agencies: Oklahoma City Airport Trust, Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust, Oklahoma City Zoological Trust, and the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority. Also, Mr. Couch serves as General Manager of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area School Trust, which oversees a half-billion dollar construction program, General Manager of the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority, and the Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust
Mr. Couch serves on the Downtown Oklahoma City (DOKC) Board of Directors, Oklahoma Fair Board, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is an ex officio member of the Oklahoma Health Center Foundation. In 2007, he was elected to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials. He currently serves as president of the Oklahoma Municipal League.
Prior to his appointment as City Manager, Mr. Couch served as Assistant City Manager/MAPS Director for 2 ½ years and Water/Wastewater Utilities Director for 11 years. In those capacities he served as the General Manager of both the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust and the McGee Creek Authority and was responsible for the Water/Wastewater Utilities budget of $100 million annually, as well as the $390 million Metropolitan Area projects capital construction program.
Previously, Mr. Couch held positions as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Edmond, Oklahoma; Public Works Director for the City of Casper, Wyoming; and, Office Director for Buell, Winter, Mousel and Associates, Consulting Engineers – Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux City, Iowa; and Casper, Wyoming. He received a Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the States of Oklahoma and Colorado. He and his wife, Cathy, are the parents of two sons, Jacob and Joey.