If elected, what would be your first year priorities?
High on the list of priorities for the first year of my next term will be to ensure my office is available to assist the newly formed Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority in any transitional needs as they manage the day to day operations of the Oklahoma County Detention Center. It is imperative that their mission is a success and I’m more than willing to assist them in that regard.
Focusing on law enforcement efforts and the safety of the citizens of Oklahoma County. To this end, I will be continuing my partnerships with organizations such as Palomar, which serves women and children in troubled situations.
As mental health contacts continue to rise, a priority of mine will be to continue providing training and education of Sheriff’s Office employees on the recognition and support of OK County citizens struggling with mental health issues. Just this week, I have submitted to the county a letter of commitment voicing my support for an upcoming grant application to address these sorts of needs.
Keeping your children safe, offering a positive image of law enforcement and providing them with a mentoring opportunity is a pillar of our agency and I will continue to provide for the School Resource Officer program to fulfill this priority.
Since assuming office, I have been transparent in the operations of this agency. In an effort to increase this transparency, last year, I empaneled the first Citizen Advisory Board in the history of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
Why are you running?
I am the only candidate qualified for the job of Oklahoma County Sheriff. I am the only candidate that has experience running a large law enforcement agency, with extensive administrative and budgetary responsibilities. Since becoming sheriff, I have consistently found ways to streamline the agency, without sacrificing effectiveness, and come in under budget every year.
I have over 48 years of law enforcement experience. I have faithfully served the citizens of Oklahoma County for the past 23 years with the Sheriff’s Office and I have 26 years of experience with the Oklahoma City Police Department. I sit on numerous boards within the county, and I participate on multiple endeavors with local entities. I am proud to participate with the ongoing Criminal Justice Advisory Committee to examine ways to benefit all aspects of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice System. This job requires cooperation and working relationships with numerous entities, and I have a strong history of fostering such relationships and working effectively with other agencies to achieve positive solutions.
A testament to my career serving the citizens of Oklahoma that I am humbled by is that I have had the privilege of being inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
Why are you the best candidate for this office?
While I feel I have accomplished much during my first 3 years as sheriff, there is still much to do and I have a lot left to give to the citizens of Oklahoma County. I want to make sure the office stays on the right path with positive forward movement. As the transition to focusing solely on law enforcement efforts begins, I feel it is an important time for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. Experience matters and during this formative time for the new direction of the agency, it will be important to have a hand on the wheel that has the experience to navigate these new waters.