Tulsa County Candidates

Every candidate in Tulsa County was sent an invitation to participate and those who responded received a link to Vote411.org in order to input their answers to questions and to provide biographical information. The League neither edits material nor changes spelling, punctuation, or grammar of candidate submissions

rex4sheriff16.com
Email Rex Berry
(918) 703-9661
PO Box 4747
Tulsa, OK 74159

Occupation

Retired Law Enforcement Profssional and Trainer

Education

1968 Graduate Claremore HS Associate’s Degree in Police Science, and completed substantial upper division coursework at OU and RSU. CLEET certified since 1973 and since then completed 64 CLEET courses. Completed the US Army CID training at Ft. McClellan Certified by the International Police Training Center, Pristina Kosovo Completed Advanced Instructional Systems in Baghdad

Professional Experience

Twenty-six years experience as a police officer for the City of Tulsa Police Department. Seven years as an Agent of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the US Army’s 321st Military Police Detachment. Five years as a private police and security consultant to foreign governments in the Balkans and Middle East.

Community Organizations

  • League of Women Voters
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness

3 Questions

Yes. There will be no varying grades or standards and no deputy will be allowed to patrol on his or her own and the Reserve Deputies will not be able to chose their assignments nor make campaign contributions.
The 287 G program should be ended immediately. It is simply a “bone” offered by our Congress for their failure to implement a comprehensive immigration policy. It unfairly stigmatizes and allows the targeting of minorities. It has a potential down side of costing Tulsa County in excess of 1 million dollars annually in inmate housing fees alone. It does little or nothing to address any criminal activities that may be perpetrated by local undocumented persons. 287 G necessitates the building of additional cell space by Tulsa County citizens by committing up to 190 bed spaces (intended for local offenders) for persons from other states and counties awaiting deportation.

vicforsheriff.com
Email Vic Regalado
(918) 633-5500
PO BOX 571175
Tulsa, OK 74157

Occupation

Sheriff-Tulsa County

Education

Cameron University- Psychology Major

Professional Experience

Experience: 22 years with Tulsa Police Department.
Retired as Sgt./Supervisor of the Organized Gang Unit

Community Organizations

  • Boy Scouts
  • Special Olympics

3 Questions

Reserve Deputies- Since being elected Sheriff of Tulsa County I have implemented the following changes to the reserve program:

  • 240 hours of CLEET training
  • 480 hours of Field Training
  • Fit for Duty Exams
  • Additional 40 hours instruction on Patrol Functions
  • No longer allowed to function in Task Forces, SWAT, or patrol by themselves
  • No longer allowed to donate to Sheriff’s campaign
  • All documentation will be electronically stored as well as by the Reserve Deputy and Reserve coordinator
  • 1. Will have to work in different areas of the Sheriff’s office not just limited to Patrol function 2. The Community Safety institute (CSI) has been retained to implement revised Policy and Procedures as well as a system to ensure and document that all employees of TCSO have read and understood each Policy and Procedure 3. I have established a Public Information office and hired a Civilian PIO Director to manage media requests/open records
I do plan to reinstate the Reserve Deputy Program with the above listed requirements. Furthermore, I have assigned an additional Sgt. to assist in supervising the program. Additionally we are in the process of implementing a computer program that will electronically store/track reservists training, hours worked and position worked.
I have continued the 287G program in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. The program and facilities are considered by ICE/Dept. Homeland Security as the best in the country. However, it should be noted that TCSO authority under the 287G program exists only within the confines of the jail.

karenkeith.org
Email Karen Keith
(405) 630-7333
628 E. 3rd Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Occupation

County Commissioner District 2

Education

BA, Oklahoma State University

Professional Experience

  • Television anchor, reporter and producer.
  • Mayor’s Management Team, City of Tulsa
  • Partnership Development, Tulsa CVB Chamber of Commerce

Community Organizations

  • Rotary Club of Tulsa
  • Brookside Business Association
  • Oklahoma Historical Society
  • Leadership Oklahoma
  • Chambers of Commerce for Jenks, Sand Springs and Tulsa

3 Questions

I was pleased to lead the effort to secure funding for the new Family Justice Center because I believe there is no greater need than to make sure our youth can find a successful path in life. The project is on track with the site selection process complete, architect plans are in process and Manhatten Construction was recently selected for the construction of the new facility. The current Juvenile Justice Center led by Justin Jones and Presiding Judge Doris Fransien continues to do outstanding work in a facility that is long over due for replacement. This was an issue that I began working on in 2008 as I was running for my current office. I know the youth of Tulsa County will be well served when we open the doors to the new facility in December of 2018.
In each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, the three elected county commissioners work to present a balanced budget for county needs. Working together, we prioritize the needs and expenditures throughout the county. Investments are made where needs are identified and as funds allow. For example, the new Family Justice Center will be constructed in District 2, but it is looked at by the entire Board of County Commissioners as a county-wide investment in the future of our children.
I would favor a number of measures to help increase voter turnout in elections. Currently, the League is doing a great job in their efforts and I hope other organizations will follow suit. Of course, the primary purpose of an emergency alert system is to inform citizens of public safety concerns and we would not want to adversely impact the urgency of these alerts. I would very much welcome input from the League and other concerned citizens in Tulsa County to explore every option in using our public and private assets to increase citizen information and participation in their local government.

turleyforcommissioner.org
Email Josh Turley
(918) 852-5674
21403 W 20th
Sand Springs, Ok. 74063

Occupation

Risk Manager and Business Owner

Education

  • Masters of Arts in Organizational Management
  • Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership (2016)

Professional Experience

24 years with Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office 7 years as a Risk Manager 10 years as Crime Scene Investigator Private business owner

Community Organizations

None Listed

3 Questions

The Tulsa County Juvenile Facility has been neglected for years. We have passed taxes to not only purchase and build but to also renovate the existing facility. The current failed leadership has allowed over 6000 juveniles and their families per year to endure courtrooms that are unacceptable for the rehabilitation of children. This was a project of the current commissioner nearly eight years ago and has failed to move the project forward, until now, an election year. I will ensure that this project is completed in the next 24 months and that our juveniles are adequately cared for. In the interim time, I will work with Justin Jones Director of the Juvenile Facilty and INCOG to finalize a short three step plan. One, a short term plan for housing of interviews and initial interactions with the citizens we serve. Two, a short term plan for housing of courtrooms. Such as, the mobile building Tulsa County utilizes during the Tulsa State Fair, that allows judges to conduct business. Three, a short term plan for providing assistance to families via a wide variety of services provided not only by juvenile but the other assistance agencies of Tulsa County.
County resources should be equitably divided among the districts based upon the budget and long term (4 year) strategic plans. Each commissioner should publish a long term plan for their term in office. The citizens should evaluate each commissioner based upon their ability to complete the plan. The budget is released to the citizens but the financial decisions of the budget are not. I will work with our Tulsa County IT to publish our lowest level financial decisions. Every citizen should be able to enter our web portal, see the revenues and see exactly what that tax is spent on. Not generalities such as accounts names but instead see exactly what the money is spent on and how much was used. This goes all the way down to how many ink pens Tulsa County purchased last month. When we complete this appropriately, several things begin to appear. First, we see how money is allocated across the county (evenly or unevenly as a whole). Second, we see the use of funds and how they are applied (at the individual district 1, 2, or 3 level). Third, we put the citizens back in control of their money. Fourth, we then have the ability to allocate money appropriately and inform the citizens of what we are planning in the future.
Public Alert systems are a great way to remind and inform the public of elections. Yes, I agree this is a valuable asset to Tulsa County but should be separate from emergency management notifications. The same system may be used, but citizens should have the option to opt-in for either type of notification. I will pursue this project through our election board and TAEMA (Tulsa Area Emergency Management Association). Implementing this system is another part of the citizens having full access to our budget. While our commissioners tell citizens we don’t have enough money for projects like this, the reality is these type of projects usually have minimal costs especially if managed correctly. The utilization of services such as Code for Tulsa and Code for America are a simplified and economical way to connect citizens with their government. It is time to put our government back in the hands of the citizens we serve. Technology is the quickest and easiest way to achieve this goal. We must always remember “Think Right.” If your elected officials think right they will do right.

johnrandrew.com
Email John Andrew
(918) 633-1721
8301 E. 51st St. Suite 228
Tulsa, OK 74145

Occupation

Attorney

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management, University of Phoenix
  • Currently enrolled in University of Oklahoma’s Masters in Public Administration Program

Professional Experience

Currently an Attorney with my own practice, worked as a sort supervisor and a health and safety supervisor with the United Parcel Service, and as a Network Ops Manager with Wal Mart Stores, Inc., running the night-side of the largest network in the world.

Community Organizations

  • American Inns of Court
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Coach for Owasso High School Mock Trial Team

2 Questions

The office would have to be proactive in working to become more efficient so periods of low revenue collections would not be as impactful. This efficiency would not come from slashing government, it would come from making the processes more efficient with the staff already employed in the office. Sally Howe Smith did a great job with technology, being one of the first to implement many technological advancements in the office that make it great still today; however, having a Court Clerk like myself with extensive Information Technology experience on top of his business and legal expertise we could implement even more advancements that will make the office even more efficient. Expenses could be decreased through this new efficiency and would then allow us to build up a surplus, making those low revenue periods less harmful.
First, an open door policy where employees could suggest and help to develop efficiencies in the department would allow for the development of innovative ideas to save money that may not be visible to an executive level individual like the Court Clerk. Maintaining a rewards system for discovering inefficiencies within the office would incentivize employees to assist in discovering new ways to help make the office less wasteful. This would allow for constituents to more easily pay fines and fees as we endeavor to make the office run more efficiently. We would also make the online payments process better advertised, allowing for constituents to not have to endure long lines or travel downtown to pay their fines and fees. This system exists, but not everyone is aware of it. An awareness campaign would help to allow for more efficient operation by opening up those lines to those constituents and lawyers who need to get through them quickly.

Email Donald Newberry
(918) 409-0780

Occupation

Title Research Manager, Tulsa County

Education

  • Associates, Business Administration – Tulsa Community College
  • Bachelors, Psychology – Liberty University
  • Masters, Business Administration – Liberty University
  • Masters, Jurisprudence, Indian Law – Tulsa University School of Law

Professional Experience

Title Research Manager – Tulsa County Assessor 6 yrs. VP Mortgage Origination – Homeland Federal Mortgage 7 yrs. Community Organizations: Tulsa Area United Way, Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa. Republican Club of Tulsa, Tulsa Area Republican Assembly

2 Questions

The County budget involves the process of projecting expenses for the future year (setting the budget) then keeping the expenses within the guidelines established by that budget. The Tulsa County Court Clerk currently operates within the revenues supplied by ad valorem taxes, and a percentage of the fees collected in the Clerk’s office. In recent years both of these revenue sources have proven to be a stable factor when determining budget concerns. The county revenue is determined by ad valorem (property taxes) and is used to budget personnel costs. The percentage of the fees collected by the Clerk’s office is allocated for office expenses such as furniture, office supplies, etc.
My initial approach will be to change the opening of the office from 08:30 a.m. to 08:00 a.m. This addition of time will allow people greater access to the services the Court Clerk offers. It also allows customers the opportunity to better plan for the payment of fines and fees they may incur. Additionally, adding to the office website offerings different forms which could be made downloadable, allowing the customer to fill out the form and either mail it in with payment for processing, or adding a feature that allows those fees to be paid through an online format, state law permitting.