Biography of Tim Harris

Tim Harris

District Attorney Tim Harris is a tough, no-nonsense prosecutor whose passion is to protect the citizens of Tulsa County.

“I work to put criminals behind bars so that people in our community can feel safe in their homes, neighborhoods, workplace, church, school, shopping or at the park,” Harris said.

Harris has worked as a prosecutor in Tulsa County for 26 years. Protection of children has always been a focus of Harris’ career as a prosecutor. In 1995 Harris was named Tulsa County’s first Director of Crimes Against Children.

There are few cases brought to prosecutors that are more disturbing than those involving child abuse or neglect, Harris said. “Images and autopsies of brutalized children haunt prosecutors long after the court proceedings end. Even more heartbreaking than the sheer numbers of child victims is the fate that awaits many of the children who survive the abuse,” Harris said.

Harris was elected as Tulsa County District Attorney in 1998. He is responsible for the prosecution of approximately 5,000 felony and 6,000 misdemeanor criminal cases every year.

Harris serves on the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, as Chairman of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission, and has served on the state-wide Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board and Child Fatality Review Board.

Harris also serves as a board member for the Child Abuse Network, Oklahoma Conference for Community Justice and the Tulsa Boys Home. He is a member in good standing of the Oklahoma Bar Association.

Harris graduated from the O. W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa in 1983. He was named 2009 alumnus of the Year for Outstanding Public Service.