Tulsa County voters will pick a new sheriff April 5 between Republican Vic Regalado and Democrat Rex Berry.
The special election was prompted by the resignation of Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who was investigated by a grand jury and is facing misdemeanor criminal charges.
Regalado is the Gang Unit Supervisor in the Special Investigations Division (evening shift) for the Tulsa Police Department.
Regalado was lead homicide detective in 81 homicides, including some of Tulsa’s highest profile cases. He supervises a Special Investigations Gang Unit, served on the Tulsa Police SWAT team for nearly a decade, and has been an instructor for the Council on Law Enforcement and Education Training (CLEET).
In 2004, Regalado received the Medal of Valor after he risked his life while on duty. He protected an innocent citizen during a battle with a gunman accused in two homicides. He and other officers then shot and killed the suspect in what was ruled a justifiable shooting. He earned the Lifesaving Award, and was named Officer of the Year by the Insurance Professionals of Tulsa.
Among his honors are 17 letters of commendation, officer of the year in 2010, medal of honor in 2004, lifesaving award in 1997 and the Department Physical Fitness Award.
Among his assignments were squad supervisor, homicide unit investigator, fugitive warrants investigator, SWAT team and juvenile crime task force. Regalado has been a Police Academy instructor, he has interviewed police candidates, he served on three officer-involved shooting review boards, and he was a field training officer. His experience includes work in aquatic death investigations, criminal profiling, sexual murders, taser training, narcotics and other areas. Regalado was the lead investigator in the Neal Sweeney murder-for-hire case and the “Good Friday” murders plus several other cases.
Regalado has been endorsed by former Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris, former Gov. Frank Keating, Sheriff Joe Lester and former Tulsa Police Chiefs Dave Been and Harry Stege.
Rex Berry joined the Tulsa Police Department in 1973, serving until 1999.
He achieved the rank of Corporal, serving as a traffic and patrol officer, field supervisor, field training supervisor, crime analyst, detective, detective supervisor and as a member of the hostage negotiations team.
After retiring from TPD in 1999, Berry began consulting directly with foreign law enforcement agencies, in roles that included facility assessment in Iraq; security management in Afghanistan; firearms instruction in Jordan; and civilian police in Kosovo.
Berry served on active-duty in the U.S. Air Force prior to his law enforcement career. And, while a TPD officer he also served in the U.S. Army Active Reserves with the Criminal Investigations Division.
Berry served seven years as an agent of the Criminal Investigations Command (CID) of the U.S. Army’s 321st Military Police Detachment.
He spent ten years as a private police and security consultant in the Balkans and Middle East and has been CLEET certified since 1973.
Berry won the Tulsa Police Chief’s Award while on the Hostage Negotiation Team and was Oil Capital Runner-up Investigator of the Year.
Berry said he would ask former Tulsa Police Chiefs Drew Diamond and Ron Palmer for help if elected sheriff.