About Cathy

CathyCathy Criswell has lived in the Tulsa area her whole life and has raised two children in our beautiful city. Cathy graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1983 and worked as an accountant in the private sector for a few years, until she found her true passion was making the city a better place. Cathy started work in the Office of the City Auditor in 1988, helping to create the Internal Auditing Department. As an auditor, Cathy worked with every department of the city to help ensure city government was providing the best services. Cathy would like to continue this mission as your City Auditor.


Cathy is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) who worked for the City of Tulsa for 23 years. She worked for 19 years in the Internal Auditing Department. In 2008, Cathy was promoted to Chief Risk Officer, the position she held until she retired at the end of 2011.

In addition to her career with the City of Tulsa, Cathy formed her own business teaching seminars on accounting and auditing. She began this interest by volunteering with the Institute of Internal Auditors and was awarded Distinguished Faculty Member status in 1998. Eventually, Cathy developed and taught seminars in cities across the country. Her latest endeavor has been teaching a course at the University of Tulsa for auditors who want to earn a Certified Internal Auditor designation.


Cathy works hard at anything she undertakes. Some of her major accomplishments include:

  • Member of the KPMG team that completed a strategic review of city operations, identifying 1,100 recommendations to make city operations more efficient
  • Implemented the city’s strategic management and performance indicator system
  • Key player in developing a city-wide ethics ordinance and managed the ethics program
  • Awarded the Auditor of the Year award 5 times by the Institute of Internal Auditors – Tulsa Chapter
  • Top 10% of her graduating class at the University of Tulsa

Community Involvement

Cathy believes in giving back to her community and has volunteered for many organizations, including:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration Society, Inc. – Board member and Treasurer
  • University of Tulsa – Conference of Accountants – Advisory Board member and former Chairman
  • Institute of Internal Auditors – Many committee positions at the local and international level and former President of the Tulsa Chapter
  • Tulsa Area United Way – Former Chairman of the Audit Review Committee
  • RiverParks – Youth activities committee member
  • Girl Scouts – Troop leader


Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration, graduating with honors from the University of Tulsa


Cathy is the proud mother of Jessica, who teaches first and second grade for Tulsa Public Schools, and Melissa, who is a Registered Nurse at a Tulsa hospital. Both daughters, like their mother, are graduates of the University of Tulsa.