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Oklahoma County Sheriff 2017

This is a Special General Election for Oklahoma County Sheriff. One Republican, one Democrat and one Independent candidate will be on the September 12 Special General Election ballot. All voters in Oklahoma County may vote in this election.DutiesThe Sheriff is an elected constitutional officer with a four-year term. Under state law, the following are the primary duties of the County Sheriff:Keep and preserve the peace.Quiet and suppress riots, unlawful assemblies and insurrections.Serve the process papers in all civil and criminal cases.Arrest persons charged with felonies or breach of peace.Take custody of persons arrested by local police departments and charged with state offensesOperate the county jail.
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    ED GRIMES (I) Deputy

  • MICHAEL H. HANSON (Dem)

  • P.D. TAYLOR (Rep)

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What do you see as the biggest issues facing the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department and how would you address them?

What are your thoughts about the need for a new jail in Oklahoma County?

How would you approach budgeting for the needs of the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department?

Campaign Phone (405) 519-0720
Professional Experience Jan 2017 to Present - Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. (Deputy) Jan 2013 to Jan 2017: Canadian County fugitive Investigator, United States Marshals Service. (Deputy) Jan 2009 to Jan 2013: Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. (Undersheriff) July 2007 to Dec 2008: Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. (Deputy) Dec 2006 to July 2007: Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. (Deputy) July 2006 to Dec 2006: U.S. Marshals Air Operations (Full Time). (Aviation Security Officer) 16 Aug 2002 to July 2006: Criminal Investigator with the Canadian County Sheriffs Office, also assigned to the United States Marshals Service as a Fugitive Investigator Function: To search for and apprehend State and Federal fugitive subjects, while assigned to the United States Marshals Service. And as a Criminal Investigator, investigate criminal activity on a State and Federal level, within the county of Canadian, and file criminal charges when necessary. 01-Feb-1996- to present, United States Marshals, Air Operations Division, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Part time Position) Function: To safely transport State and Federal inmates to their predetermined destination, without escape. 30 Dec 1976 to 30 April 2002- Oklahoma City Police Department. Rank: Master Sergeant (Retired)
Education I have (40) years of personal experience and training in law enforcement and would I have attended numerous training schools and seminars to further my knowledge in law enforcement. I am highly skilled in dealing with people on a professional level, and have been trained to handle most hostile situations. 640 hours, Basic Police Academy acquired from the Oklahoma City Police Department. 15 College hours acquired from Oklahoma State University.
The largest challenge facing the Sheriff’s Office is the jail and making the jail a safe environment for the employees and the inmates. Due to the budget shortfall and the extensive need for repairs, the jail is a challenge. However, streamlining inmate intake and releases, addressing the large number of municipal admissions, reviewing mental health needs, implementing new procedures, and streamlining inmate access to counsel would potentially alleviate short term and long term challenges.
It is my current opinion a new jail is necessary due to the recommendations of various committees. However, building a new jail takes time and funds. Terefore, my first priority as Sheriff would be to make the jail safe for the employees, inmates and the public. Making the jail safer includes improving the environment, staffing and morale.
My priority would be to review the budget in its entirety. Budgetary issues have caused a hardship on the Sheriff’s Office in the past. All funds allocated should have a specific purpose to ensure safety and productivity. I intend to perform an audit of each department within the Sheriff's Office. I also intend to work with the County Commissioners in rebuilding the relationship between the Commissioners and the Sheriff's Office. I'll accomplish this by transparency in my spending and answering for all budgetary shortfalls.
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