The resignation of Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz after his indictment by a grand jury prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to call a special for April 5 to replace him.
Candidate filing will take place December 7-9 with a primary election on March 1.
Several Tulsans, John Fitzpatrick, Dan Miller, Jim Rice, Jason Jackson, Luke Sherman and Vic Regalado have announced their intention to run for the office in the special election.
Jackson is a patrol sergeant for the Jenks Police Department, where he has served for 18 years. He has been the field training coordinator.
A graduate of East Central High School in Tulsa, he has a college degree in criminal justice and religion from Liberty University. Jackson also is a graduate of the FBI-Leeda Trilogy program for law enforcement executives.
Jackson has been married to his wife, Pam, for 22 years and they have three sons. The family belongs to Newspring Family Church, where they are involved in the student ministry.
Jackson is co-pastor of a first responder ministry called Hero Church. He is president of the Jenks Optimist Club.
Fitzpatrick is a reserve officer for the Tulsa Police Department and has been for 10 years. He has worked with homicide detectives, the bicycle patrol, retail crime detectives and the Special Investigations Division.
For 14 years, Fitzpatrick was a fighter pilot in the Air National Guard with Tulsa’s 125th Tactical Fighter Squadron. He had senior management positions with Hewlett-Packard, Indian Motorcycle Company, LifeGuard America and Harley-Davidson.
He went to Cascia Hall and has a degree in electrical engineering from The University of Tulsa. In 2014, he became an adjunct professor at TU.
He and his wife, Luanne, have been married 30 years and they have two grown daughters. He is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Downtown.
Rice has 30 years of law enforcement experience, including being police chief in Oologah from 1980 to 1984. Recently, he spent four years in Mounds as the sergeant in charge of the K-9 Unit. He was a warrant officer in the Marine Corps and a helicopter pilot. Rice grew up in North Tulsa.
The grand jury came back with two misdemeanor indictments of Glanz and an accusation to remove him from office. His problems came to light after a reserve deputy in April shot a suspect. The training for the reserve deputy has been questioned.
Glanz has resigned and his last day will be Nov. 1. Glanz was first elected in 1988 and took office in January of 1989.
Undersheriff Rick Weigel is the interim sheriff.