Republicans vie for sheriff’s office

A grand jury indictment and subsequent resignation by Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz has resulted in host of candidates running in a special election to fill that post.

County voters will pick a Republican candidate for sheriff March 1 with nine candidates on the ballot. The winner will face the lone Democrat, Rex Berry.

The shooting death of a suspect by a reserve deputy sparked an inquiry into the operations of the county sheriff’s office and prompted the grand jury, which accused Glanz of two misdemeanors.

Operation of the jail, cooperation with city officials, an audit or financial records, training of employees, overall transparency and other topics have arisen in the campaign.

Here are some profiles of the candidates.

Randy Pierce

Pierce, a Republican, is a sergeant who has been with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office for 22 years. He supervises courthouse operations.

Pierce was born in Tulsa and graduated from Nathan Hale High School. Pierce attended Tulsa Community College, LSU and Rogers State College (with 90 hours in criminal justice).

Pierce is against privatizing the county jail because when it was in private hands, it was understaffed and that raised safety concerns.

He is in favor of reinstating the Violent Crimes/Drug Task Force (it was suspended after Reserve Deputy Robert Bates shot suspect Eric Harris.

Dan Miller

Miller, a Republican, is a corporal with the Tulsa Police Department and has been with the force for 20 years. He was a North Tulsa field patrol supervisor for 15 years and now is a detective in the Auto Theft Division.

Miller filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2013. He is divorced. He attends Asbury Methodist Church.

Miller has an associate of arts/criminal justice degree from Tulsa Junior College (now TCC) and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University.

According to Miller’s website, he is committed to rebuilding trust in the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. He would follow the recommendations of the grand jury and conduct a complete evaluation of the staff.

Miller would welcome an audit by the state auditor and make public disclosure of finances easily available on the county website.

Miller would emphasize up-to-date training for deputies and increase the deputy field patrol. He plans monthly meetings with all of the chiefs of police in the county and the district attorney.

Bill Reaves

Reaves, a Republican, was fired by former Sheriff Stanley Glanz in 1990. Prior to that, he was a supervisor of the adult detention center plus city and county jails. He filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

Reaves has an associate degree in political science.

Tom Helm

Helm retired from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office after 20 years. He supervised the narcotics, Internal Affairs and the 287(g) program. While there, he worked as an undercover narcotics agent, a K-9 office and on the Metro Narcotics and Violent Crimes Task Force. He also worked with the Department of Homeland Security. Helm works as an agent for Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office.
He attends Memorial Baptist Church and is married to his wife, Lou.

Helm attended Rogers State University and has 127 hours in business administration at The University of Phoenix.

According to his website, Helm has promised a complete overhaul of the assessor/property appraisal system. He wants to improve the relationship between the county and the city concerning the jail.

Luke Sherman

Sherman, a Republican, leads the Fugitive Warrants Unit of the Tulsa Police Department. He has been with TPD for 23 years and served on the SWAT team for more than a decade.

Sherman is a director of the National Tactical Officer’s Association and has provided information in congressional inquiries into the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, plus militarization of police forces.

He is divorced. He declared bankruptcy in 2004. He is the son of Bill Sherman, religion editor for the Tulsa World.

Sherman has a degree from Northeastern State University

Sherman wants to prohibit the sheriff from charging a $25 fee to register a weapon. He wants to improve inter-agency communication to facilitate responses to a crisis. He thinks the sheriff’s office needs to be transparent.

John Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick has been a reserve officer in the Tulsa Police Department for 10 years. A Republican, he works in private industry. He has 14 years of experience in the Tulsa Air National Guard.

Fitzpatrick is being sued by a former employer, US Highland Inc., for “breach of contract.” The case is still pending. His home was set for foreclosure in 2014 but that action was halted. He said all of his financial and legal issues have been taken care of.

Fitzpatrick is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Downtown Tulsa. He and his wife Luanne have been married 30 years.

Fitzpatrick has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from The University of Tulsa.

According to his website, he would work to eliminate human trafficking and methamphetamine production. He advocates a close review of audit reports and/or grand jury recommendations. He wants to work closely with municipal police departments.

Brandon Hendrix

Hendrix, a Republican, went to work for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in 2002 as a school resource officer. He taught in a high school in Seminole, Oklahoma, before joining the Okmulgee Police Department.

He and his wife Susan attend Church on the Move.

Hendrix has an associate degree in arts from TCC and a bachelor of arts/education from Northeastern State University.

According to his website, Hendrix would place a certified educator over the division. He said he would make himself available to the public and media. Hendrix says the jail needs to meet minimum standards with the appropriate staff training.

He will focus on courthouse security, jail administration, civil process serving and patrolling unincorporated areas in the county.

Vic Regalado

Regalado, a Republican, supervises the night-shift Special Investigations Gang Unit of the Tulsa Police Department. He has served on the Tulsa Police SWAT team for nearly a decade.
A Catholic, he has been married to his wife Jennifer for 22 years. He has been endorsed by former Gov. Frank Keating, former Tulsa Police Chief Dave Been and Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester (formerly of Broken Arrow).

Regalado has a degree in psychology/criminal justice from Cameron University. According to his website, he wants to “enforce the law, build trust and seek justice.”

“Sgt. Regalado has the professional background, commitment and ability to lead,” Keating said. “Specifically, his work as a lead homicide detective is remarkable. He solved cases at a rate that is among the best in the nation, demonstrating an ability to solve problems, manage cases, and work diligently with grieving families to seek justice and bring closure.

“His swift arrests and work in the Good Friday murders unified a community and garnered Tulsa attention internationally. Vic has solved some of the most complicated homicides such as the Neil Sweeney murder-for-hire case, the Hicks Park murders and the Bob and Nancy Strait murders. This shows his ability to lead, execute and manage.”
Jason R. Jackson

Jackson, a Republican, is a day-shirt patrol sergeant for the Jenks Police Department. He has worked in narcotics, interdiction and as a detective for 18 years and is a supervisor in the training program.

Jackson attends Newspring Family Church, where his oldest son is worship leader for the student ministries. Jason Jackson is co-pastor of a first-responder ministry call Hero Church. He is married to his wife, Pam.

Jackson has an associate degree in criminal justice from TCC and a bachelor of science degree in multi-disciplinary studies (with a double major in religion and criminal justice) from Liberty University.

According to his Facebook page, Jackson said he would restore integrity and conservative values to the office and stop the “bullying and abuse of power that has gone on far too long.”
He will work to mend relationships with suburban communities and increase the level of customer service.
Rex Berry

Berry, a Democrat, used to be a Tulsa police officer. He retired in 1999 after 26 years with the department. He was a field and homicide supervisor, crime analyst and hostage negotiator. For seven years, he was an agent of the Criminal Investigations Command (CID) of the US Army’s 321st Military Police Detachment. 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 (1978-1985).

Berry now works as a campus police officer at Tulsa Community College. He is divorced. Berry has an associate degree in police science from Tulsa Junior College (now TCC) and course work at The University of Oklahoma and Rogers State University.