News & Updates

Howell named state's Code Compliance Officer of the Year

Mar 01, 2024
Tabetha Howell, of the City of McAlester’s Community Development Department, made history after being named the 2023 Oklahoma Code Enforcement Association Code Compliance Officer of the Year.

New terminal building goes vertical

Feb 20, 2024
Construction went vertical this week on the new terminal project at the McAlester Regional Airport.

Fire department training with new air compressor system

Feb 16, 2024
The McAlester Fire Department started training and put into service a new cascade air compressor system that improves a vital part of fighting fires.

Citizens provide input at Active Transportation Meeting

Feb 06, 2024
Citizens heard updates on major projects in the City of McAlester and provided valuable input for a grant application aimed at improving a high-traffic area in a variety of ways.

City Council accepts financial audit for FY 2022-2023

Jan 31, 2024
An accounting firm said the City of McAlester again improved its financial position from the previous year in the annual Audited Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2023.

FAQ: What does the PSO non-exclusive franchise mean?

Jan 25, 2024
The City of McAlester is asking voters in a Feb. 13, 2024 special election if they want to approve a 25-year non-exclusive franchise with Public Service Co. of Oklahoma. Here are some questions and answers on what that means.

City seeks citizen input on potential Electric Avenue multi-modal project

Jan 24, 2024

Make your voice heard in the citywide online survey and share your thoughts on a potential infrastructure project to improve Electric Avenue as a multi-modal corridor for all.

City of McAlester continues transition into taking over water plant operations

Jan 23, 2024
The City of McAlester will take control of the Water Treatment Plant in a decision that is part of ongoing efforts to retain control over vital infrastructure.

The McAlester Public Works Authority receives $2 million grant for system upgrades

Jan 23, 2024
The McAlester Public Works Authority (MPWA) received approval Jan. 16 from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) for $2,000,000 in funding toward a waterline improvement project in a vital area.

City buildings closed, deadline extended

Jan 22, 2024
City of McAlester buildings are closed Jan. 22, 2024 due to inclement weather.

City prepares to treat roads with icy weather forecast 

Jan 09, 2024
The City of McAlester is preparing for potential winter storms and asks citizens and travelers to use caution if they have to get on city streets in icy conditions.

City offers Christmas tree pickup service

Dec 29, 2023
Here are some questions and answers about the City of McAlester's Christmas tree pickup program:

Couple weds at McAlester's Arvest Park during Christmas season

Dec 21, 2023

Joshua and Tess Chisum shared a wedding ceremony Dec. 16, 2023 that could have come from a Hallmark Christmas movie.


McAlester Police Department honors fallen heroes with wreaths

Dec 20, 2023

Members of the McAlester Police Department placed wreaths Dec. 20, 2023 to honor 11 fallen law enforcement officers.

City to donate unclaimed bicycles to local nonprofit

Dec 19, 2023

The McAlester Police Department will soon donate dozens of abandoned bicycles to a local nonprofit for the holidays.

City makes significant progress after coordinated effort on water tie-ins

Dec 08, 2023
City administrators apologized to customers for the inconvenience of reduced water service on Dec. 7, and praised the coordinated efforts to complete several water tie-ins on major service lines.

Former McAlester police K-9 officer put to rest

Nov 30, 2023
The City of McAlester and the Police Department regretfully announce that Hunter, the Belgian Malinois who served more than 7 years as the K-9 officer, was put to rest Nov. 30, 2023 after complications from a recent stroke.

City of McAlester receives financial award for ninth consecutive year

Nov 09, 2023
The City of McAlester is honored to receive the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for a ninth consecutive year.

City officials warn drivers to watch out for deer

Oct 23, 2023
City of McAlester officials warn drivers to be on the lookout for deer on roadways.

2023 City-Wide Garage Sale - Full List (View, Download or Print)

Sep 27, 2023
View or download a printable .PDF of the 2023 City-Wide Garage Sale List...

City breaks ground on McAlester Regional Airport terminal project

Sep 26, 2023

Mervine hired as City of McAlester's Economic Development Director

Sep 20, 2023

Details for Keep McAlester Beautiful's 2023 Fall Cleanup

Sep 15, 2023
Keep McAlester Beautiful Executive Director Megan Waters details the 2023 Fall Cleanup.

Demolition starts for new terminal project at McAlester Regional Airport

Sep 15, 2023

Second Annual Suicide Prevention Walk

Sep 12, 2023
The Second Annual MCAAP Suicide Prevention Walk is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at Rotary Park at 801 N. Ninth St. in McAlester. 

Information on the Sept. 12, 2023 special election

Sep 08, 2023
Check out more information about the Sept. 12, 2023, special election that refers three propositions to City of McAlester voters regarding the city charter.

Dates Announced For 2023 City-Wide Garage Sale

Aug 02, 2023
The 2023 McAlester/Krebs City-Wide Garage Sale is almost here!!! September 29th & 30th, 2023. Apply online at: or call (918)424-1923.

2023 Armed Forces Day Parade Registration Form

Apr 04, 2023
Fill out the attached form HERE and sign up NOW for the 2023 Armed Forces Day Parade. Deadline for entries is May 1st.  

City Offices Closed 8am-1pm March 22nd, 2023

Mar 20, 2023
offices will be closed March 22nd, 2023 for Captain Richard Parks Funeral services.
City Offices Closed
No Business to be Discussed 

Fair Housing

Mar 08, 2023
Fair Housing: More Than Just Words (Select this link to view Article)

K9 Officer Hunter, Retires after 7 years of service

Mar 01, 2023

Spring Cleanup 2023

Mar 01, 2023

FY 2022-2024 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal - McAlester Regional Airport

Feb 28, 2023
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC - The City of McAlester, OK as sponsor for the McAlester Regional Airport hereby announces a proposed overall DBE goal for its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. The proposed overall goal for FAA-AIP funded projects in FY 2022 through FY 2024 is 2.28%. View DBE GOAL By clicking this Link here.

Voluntary Precautionary Boil Advisory City of McAlester and Rural Water Districts 5, 6, 7, 9 & 16

Feb 06, 2023
Due to a loss in water pressure and updated information from the DEQ, McAlester & RWDs 5, 6, 7, 9, and 16 are under a precautionary and voluntary boil advisory until further notice.

City of McAlester receives $20,000 for glass removal at Hunter Park from TSET.

Jan 20, 2023
City of McAlester received $20,000 in 2021 for glass removal for the Michael J. Hunter Park. To the right of the picture is a walking trail that connects the city with the park. Behind the group are benches for picnics, lights and big rocks for kids to climb on. 
Front Row:
Stephanie Giacomo, Grant Writer and Administrator
John Browne, Mayor
Thomas Larson, Director of Public Information and Outreach
Debbie Vega, Healthy Living Program Coordinator
Megan Waters, Executive Director of Keep McAlester Beautiful
Jennifer Vaezi, Healthy Living Assistant Coordinator
Ashley Kennon, Public Information Officer
Back Row:
Maureen Harrison, Community Member
Helen Turner, Community Member
Regina Turner, Community Member
Shelli Colbert, Payroll Officer
Tabetha Howel, Codes Enforcement Officer
Tommy Hill, Director of Public Works
Johnny Reich, Engineering Technician

Pittsburg County Burn Ban Extended

Oct 06, 2022
The Pittsburg County burn ban has been extended through October the 17th due to dry conditions, high winds, and low humidity which elevates fire risks. This includes all outdoor burning. Please do not throw cigarettes out of vehicle windows. Call 911 to report any brush fires in your area.

Canceled Voluntary Precautionary Boil Advisory City of McAlester and Rural Water Districts 5, 6, 7, 9 & 16

Sep 28, 2022

Canceled Voluntary Precautionary Boil Advisory City of McAlester and Rural Water Districts 5, 6, 7, 9 & 16

Sep 27, 2022
The City of McAlester received water monitoring results on samples from throughout the system at approximately 4:50 p.m. on September 27, 2022. All samples were satisfactory and within the standards set by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for public drinking water. At this time, we are canceling the Voluntary Precautionary Boil Advisory implemented as a result of the previously elevated turbidity levels. We appreciate the cooperation and patience of residents and businesses during this time.

Voluntary Precautionary Boil Advisory City of McAlester and Rural Water Districts 5, 6, 7, 9 & 16

Sep 27, 2022

Public Water Supply ID: 1020609
September 27, 2022

Due to high turbidity levels in the drinking water supplied to the City of McAlester and reliant water districts may be unsafe for human consumption. As a precaution, it is advised that the consumers of this water system bring the water to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute before drinking, consumption, food preparation, baby formula preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, ice making, wound care, and bathing infants who may ingest bath water. Alternatively, bottled water or another acceptable water source may be used.

Important Note: This precautionary boil advisory is not related to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, and it is important to continue to wash your hands during the precautionary boil advisory.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice. Questions concerning this situation should be addressed to the McAlester Police Department at 918-423-1212. The City of McAlester has collected water samples from the designated areas throughout the system and they are on the way to Tulsa for lab testing. The samples take up to 24- 48 hours to process. If all samples are satisfactory, we will lift the voluntary precautionary boil advisory at that time.


Address of PWS:
5200 Waterworks Rd.
McAlester, OK 74501
County: Pittsburg


Further general information can be found on the DEQ website:

Precautionary Boil Advisory City of McAlester and Rural Water Districts 5, 6, 7, 9 & 16

Sep 25, 2022
A precautionary boil advisory is in place for the City of McAlester and Rural Water Districts 5, 6, 7, 9 & 16.
 This advisory is a result of a loss of pressure in the water system along with a treatment process that does not meet requirements leading to higher turbidity in the water and the potential for contamination as a result of this situation. The drinking water quality is unknown; to protect yourself, you may choose to boil your water. As a precaution, it is advised that the consumers of this water system bring the water to a full rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, food preparation, baby formula preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, ice making, wound care, and bathing infants who may ingest bath water. Alternatively, you may use bottled water for these purposes. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

2022 City-Wide Garage Sale - Full List (View, Download or Print)

Sep 20, 2022
View or download a printable .PDF of the 2022 City-Wide Garage Sale List...

Report Housing Discrimination

Aug 25, 2022
Don't let housing discrimination stop you from rebuilding your life.

Bottler of the Year Located in McAlester

Aug 24, 2022
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of McAlester receives top awards and recognition...

Dates Announced For City-Wide Garage Sale

Aug 15, 2022
The McAlester/Krebs City-Wide Garage Sale is almost here!!! September 23rd & 24th, 2022. Apply online at: or call (918)424-1923.

We have been selected as a 2022 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!

Jun 29, 2022
The City of McAlester is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive a 2022 AARP Community Challenge grant.

Investors Excited About Drone Testing

Jun 23, 2022
The Choctaw Nation, near McAlester, Oklahoma, is at the epicenter of a technological revolution.

City of McAlester Celebrates Retirees

May 17, 2022
Retiree Celebration Held on May 12th

The McAlester Entrepreneurial Spirit

May 06, 2022

Water Line Break at River Oaks

Apr 27, 2022
Water Outage Alert 4-27-22 River Oaks - Copy (2)

Road Closure

Apr 15, 2022
Construction Alert 4-19-22 6th Street ALT - Copy

Green Meadows area water service restored

Mar 17, 2022
Water Outage Alert 3-16-22 UPDATE-2 social

Service Outage for Green Meadows area

Mar 16, 2022
Water Outage Alert 3-16-22 social


Mar 04, 2022
Water Outage Alert 3-4-22 citywide

Repairs Completed, Water Service To Be Restored

Mar 04, 2022
Water Outage Alert 3-3-22 water restored

City-wide Water Outage

Mar 03, 2022
Water Outage Alert 3-3-22 citywide website

City-wide Water Outage Repair

Mar 03, 2022
Water Outage Alert 3-3-22 citywide overnight website

Remote Work Job Fair

Feb 16, 2022
Remote Work Job Fair in McAlester, OK

McAlester Workforce Development

Jan 27, 2022
How McAlester Can Help Solve Your Workforce Challenges

McAlester Defense Manufacturers Secure New Contracts

Dec 15, 2021
McAlester Defense Manufacturers Secure Millions in New Contracts

Successful 2021 McAlester Stampede

Nov 23, 2021
The McAlester Community Actively Supports the Defense Industry by Advocating in Washington D.C.

City Hall Prepares For Water Line Vote

Nov 03, 2021

On Tuesday, November 9th, citizens of McAlester will vote on the Water Line Improvement Project ballot issue. The Project is slated to begin in early 2022. Voters are being asked to fund the Project with either a 1/4 cent sales tax or a utility rate increase.

2021 Asphalt Overlay Project

Aug 25, 2021
McAlester City Councilors approved asphalt overlays for more than 30 streets in McAlester.

Water Service Disconnects to Resume in August

Jul 27, 2021

Water service disconnects due to nonpayment will resume in August 2021 for McAlester utility customers.


Jul 26, 2021
The City of McAlester is partnering with Bird, the Los Angeles, California-based, shared electric scooter company, to bring e-scooters to the city in the coming days. The scooters are available through a mobile phone application and riders pay to use the scooter per minute, at no cost to the city.

Be Prepared for a Flood

Jun 29, 2021

Lifeguard and Wading Pool Information Meeting!

May 14, 2021
Interested in Lifeguard or Wading Pool positions?

Take the Lower Canadian Watershed Survey!

Apr 13, 2021
Take this survey from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board regarding flooding issues.

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!

Apr 13, 2021

FEMA Assistance for Households

Apr 09, 2021
Learn more about getting individual assistance for damage from recent disasters in Pittsburg County.

Important Information for Utility Customers

Mar 18, 2021
The City of McAlester is reinstating 10-day past due notices and fees on utility bills effective April 15, 2021.

Water Outage February 2021

Feb 19, 2021
Up-to-date information about McAlester's Water situation in February 2021.

Municipal Court Postponed for February 9, 2021

Feb 09, 2021
Inclement weather update!

Holiday Trash Service

Dec 21, 2020
Trash Service Updates for the week of December 21, 2020.

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Dec 01, 2020
Be Fire Smart for the Holidays

Arvest Park Decorated for Holiday Season

Nov 23, 2020
City crews have worked together to transform the City's newest park into a Magical Christmas Forest!

Thanksgiving Trash Service

Nov 23, 2020
Trash service delays due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, 2020.

Save Time - Pay Utility Bills by Phone!

Oct 15, 2020
The City of McAlester gives you access to your account 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It's a convenient way to pay your bills on your own time - with no waiting!

Blue Thumb Training for New Volunteers

Oct 15, 2020

Blue Thumb is a water quality education project of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission’s Water Quality Division.

City-Wide Garage Sale October 2nd & 3rd

Sep 14, 2020
Call (918)424-9600 if you would like to have a garage sale on Oct 2nd and/or on Oct 3rd and be added to the list. There will be no permit fees from the City of McAlester or from the City of Krebs for these dates.  2020 Garage Sale List

September 15, 2020, Court Arraignments Postponed

Sep 11, 2020

City of McAlester Municipal Court Arraignments for Tuesday, September 15, 2020, are postponed until Tuesday, October 6, 2020. 

PPE Available for Local Businesses

Aug 28, 2020
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Business Program for McAlester

Take our Environmental Programs Survey today!

Aug 26, 2020
Take this quick 2 minute survey about McAlester's Environmental Programs.

McAlester Recycling Center Reopens Aug. 10th!

Aug 06, 2020
The McAlester Recycling Center is reopening on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Promotions in McAlester Police Department

Jul 14, 2020
The McAlester Police Department promoted six officers to leadership positions in the patrol and criminal investigation divisions effective July 13, 2020.

New Hours of Operation for Utility Billing, Courts

Jun 23, 2020
New hours of operations for the city's Utility Billing and Court Clerk offices

Make Online Payments with No Fee

Jun 17, 2020
The City of McAlester No Longer Charges Fee for Online Payments

Landfill Open for Storm Response

May 08, 2020

Hearod named Interim Chief of Police

Apr 29, 2020
The city of McAlester named Kevin Hearod as interim Chief of Police following the retirement of Chief Gary Wansick.

City Extends Closures to May 15, 2020

Apr 29, 2020
To continue to minimize the risk of community spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the City of McAlester has extended the temporary precautionary measures at city properties again, this time through Friday, May 15, 2020.

McAlester Recycling Center Closing

Mar 25, 2020
The McAlester Recycling Center will be closing all operations starting at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Council Suspends Cut-Offs, Takes Other Actions on COVID-19 Emergency

Mar 18, 2020
The McAlester City Council met in an emergency meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, to consider resolutions related to the city’s response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. At the end of the meeting, Mayor John Browne proclaimed a state of emergency for the city.

City Responds to COVID-19 Guidelines

Mar 17, 2020
To reduce the risk of community spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the City of McAlester is implementing temporary precautionary measures at city properties effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until Sunday, April 5, 2020. There are no known cases of COVID-19 in Pittsburg County at the time of this release.

McAlester Honored with 31 Years as Tree City USA

Mar 10, 2020

Utility Payment Kiosk now available

Feb 20, 2020
Utility Payment Kiosk now available

McAlester Completes Water Service Improvements

Feb 12, 2020

Two projects to improve water service in the city of McAlester were successfully completed in January 2020 as part of a systematic approach to creating a more reliable water delivery system.

Bicycle Lanes Rollout on City Streets

Feb 05, 2020
McAlester now has bicycle lanes for the use of bicyclists and pedestrians on three city streets. The new lanes are four-feet wide and are located on both sides of the street on East Monroe Avenue and South 9th Street as well as the south side of East Illinois Avenue.