Roy D. Tucker has served as the City Attorney for the City of Muskogee since December 2011. Prior to his appointment, Roy was the Assistant City Attorney for nearly four years. In his current role, Roy serves as a City Council appointee charged as the chief legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager and other city departments, offices, boards and trusts. He also coordinates and presents training on legal issues to the Muskogee Police Department.
Roy is a frequent lecturer on the Oklahoma Open Records and Open Meeting Acts, having presented lectures for the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Muskogee County Bar Association, the Washington County Bar Association, the Rogers County Bar Association, and the Oklahoma Municipal League. In March 2015, he authored “The Open Meeting Act: A Practitioner’s View” for the Oklahoma Bar Journal. He is an active member of the local and state bar associations, currently serving as Treasurer for the Muskogee County Bar Association and the co-chair of the OBA Law Day Committee. He previously served on the OBA Board of Governors, as a Trustee of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, and as Chair of the OBA Young Lawyers Division. Roy also currently serves as First Vice-President for Women in Safe Homes, Inc. (WISH), a non-profit combating domestic violence, and as President of Monarch, Inc., a non-profit providing women with substance abuse counseling and services.
Roy is a 2003 graduate of the University of Tulsa, College of Law, and was admitted into the Oklahoma Bar the same year. He has been admitted to practice before all federal courts in Oklahoma, as well as, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2016, Roy was also appointed to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
Deputy City Attorney Matthew C. Beese began his tenure with the City of Muskogee in 2011 as the Assistant City Attorney, and was promoted to his current position in 2014. He is primarily responsible for handling litigation involving the City, and for review and recommendation for all tort claims filed against the City.
Matthew is actively engaged in both local and state professional organizations. Elected in 2017 he serves as a governor to the Oklahoma Bar Association Board of Governors, representing Judicial District 7. He is a member of OBA Committees on work life balance, paralegal, and legislative monitoring. Matthew is also a Past President and Past Vice-President of the Muskogee County Bar Association. He has been a trainer for the Oklahoma Forensic Academy and an instructor for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), providing training to law enforcement agencies. Matthew has been trained and certified as a Court appointed mediator and arbitrator and has served as the Chair for numerous arbitration panels. Matthew also presents a yearly seminar to students on municipal topics in both Leadership Muskogee and Youth Leadership Muskogee, presented by the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce. He has previously served as an adjunct instructor on the subject of Business Law at Bacone College.
Matthew holds an Associate of Arts from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri Southern State College and a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University, College of Law. Matthew is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Illinois, and admitted to practice before the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Northern District of Illinois, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Rodney L. Brook served the City of Muskogee as a Police Officer from 1976 until his retirement in 1996 with the rank of lieutenant. He has served as Assistant City Attorney and prosecutor for the municipal court since December 2011. His primary duties include prosecuting municipal charges for both adults and juvenile offenders, legal advisor for the Police Department, regularly presenting training and legal updates to departments officers. He is a qualified instructor for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, providing legal training presentations to area law enforcement agencies.
Rodney is a 1981 graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah with a Master's of Science in Administration of Criminal Justice and a 1991 graduate of the University of Tulsa, College of Law. Rodney was admitted to the practice of law in Oklahoma in 1994 and after retiring from the city, engaged in private law practice in Muskogee until 2011. He is a member of the Muskogee County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association and has been admitted to practice before the federal court of the eastern district of Oklahoma.
Leslie Arnold has served as the Legal Assistant to the City Attorney for the City of Muskogee since August 2007. Leslie has extensive contact in person or by phone with the general public, public officials and civic leaders. In 2011, Leslie began to supervise the Adult Community Service Program. This is a grant sponsored program that was established to help the community as a whole to remove unwanted waste, to help clean up, and maintain properties, and to generally make Muskogee a more beautiful place to live.
Prior to working for the City, Leslie served for the Eastern District of Oklahoma Bankruptcy Trustee, as a Legal Assistant, and for the Office of the District Attorney for eight years prior. Leslie has served on the City of Muskogee’s Retirement Committee for a period of 4 years. Leslie is currently serving on the City of Muskogee's Safety Committee. She also works directly with the Safety Manager to ensure workplace safety is held to a high standard.
Leslie graduated from Connors State College, with an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 1996. She is a Nationally certified Paralegal. In 2012 Leslie was admitted into the National Association of Legal Assistance. She is also an active member in the Tulsa Area Paralegal Association.