7 sheriff candidates take part in forum

Seven announced candidates for the unexpired term of Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz made their pitches at a forum sponsored by the Tulsa County Republican Men’s Club on October 30.

Glanz resigned on November 1 after a Tulsa County grand jury returned two misdemeanor indictments and called for his dismissal in the wake of a fatal shooting by a reserve volunteer deputy who thought he was shooting a taser when he actually fired a pistol.

Gov. Mary Fallin set a special general election to replace Glanz on April 5. Filing for the special election will be December 7-9 with a primary on March 1.

Here is some information on those who have announced who took part in the TCRMC forum.

John Fitzpatrick is a Republican who was is 10-year reserve officer for the Tulsa Police Department.

He was raised in Oklahoma and has a degree in electrical engineering from The University of Tulsa. He was a fighter pilot for 14 years for the Tulsa Air National Guard.

“I was asked to take a look at this race about nine months ago,” Fitzpatrick said. “I am not a politician. The more I looked into the situation with the sheriff, I realized that I could bring value from the companies I have led. I could help create a vision. In this case there is a lack of vision, a lack of what the sheriff’s office is supposed to do. I have an understanding of what the Tulsa County citizens want from the sheriff’s office.”

Jason Jackson is a Republican who is an 18-year veteran of the Jenks Police Department.

“I think that I can bring integrity back to the office of sheriff,” Jackson said. “I think I can bring customer service to the citizens.

Dan Miller is a Republican who is a Tulsa Police Department corporal with 20 years on the job. He has a bachelors degree from Oklahoma State University.

Miller sees the need for some major changes in the department.

“One of the things we are going to do is to look at all the employees and see who is doing the best job and do an evaluation,” Miller said. “

Erich Richter, a Republican,  has 20 years of law-enforcement experience, including two years as a deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.

Richter said there aren’t a lot of problems in the Sheriff’s Department and that most of the problems are at “at the top.”

“The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office is full of great people,” Richter said. “The Sheriff’s Office is a great place to work and a great agency. It just has some problems with people at the top.”

Jim Rice, a Republican, has 30 years of law enforcement experience. He was the Oologah police chief from 1980 to 1984.

Rice said there are “big issues” to deal with within the department. He thinks it will take six months to a year to get things working properly.

“My No. 1 platform is that no one should die in Tulsa’s public jail,” Rice said.

Vic Regalado is a Republican. He has been a Tulsa police officer for 21 years and is a former lead homicide detective.

He said that despite the grand jury returning two misdemeanor indictments against Glanz, the jurors praised the department.

“I want to be a part of that team,” Regalado said. “There is an opportunity with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. There are a lot of dedicated people. I want to be a part of creating and firming up a stable work environment, one that promotes and rewards strong work ethic and commitment. I want to be a part of figuring out how to run the jail more efficiently.

Luke Sherman, a Republican, is a 23-year Tulsa police officer and leader of the TPD’s Fugitive Warrants Division.

“I believe that Tulsa County as a whole has a tremendous opportunity to change the way people view law enforcement,” Sherman said. “As cooperation and partnerships begin to form, I believe in bold vision and in trusted leadership. We are in trying times and we need great leaders to solve the problems that occurring in our environment and in our county.”