TULSA, OK – Tulsa Police Officer, Sergeant Luke Sherman, announced on Tuesday the endorsement of retired Navy Seal Robert J. O’Neill, best known for firing the shots that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011. The endorsement comes on the same day Sherman officially filed to run for Tulsa County Sheriff.
“Throughout my career, I have been exposed to many training situations and operations that require a high level of planning, training, coordination and implementation to be successful,” says O’Neill. “I have the utmost confidence that Luke Sherman’s experience, knowledge and related network of resources are a perfect fit to lead the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office moving forward.”
Luke Sherman and Rob O’Neill share similar backgrounds in training, providing expertise and speaking about preparedness across the country.
“I believe now more than ever we need law enforcement leaders that have the ability to provide their officers with relevant, current and proper training that produces sound decision-making to perform professionally,” O’Neill says. “Luke Sherman has the ability to deliver this type of training and sound decision-making to the members of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office.”
Earlier in the day, Luke Sherman and his wife, Katie Sherman, visited the Tulsa County Election Board to officially file his candidacy for Sheriff in the Republican primary.
“My entire career has been been devoted to providing the people of Tulsa with the most professional law enforcement service possible,” says Sherman. “I am honored to have Rob O’Neill’s endorsement as I officially kick off my campaign. Rob has been a strong voice for the public and a defender of our freedom at home and abroad. In every facet of my experience and leadership, my focus has always been on professional and effective public safety. As the Tulsa County Sheriff, I intend to implement and carry this mission forward.”
Sherman is a lifelong Republican and a 23-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department.
A special primary election is scheduled for March 1, 2016 with the special general election on April 5. The Tulsa County Election Board says if a primary is not needed, the special general election will take place on March 1.
The candidates are running to replace longtime Sheriff Stanley Glanz who submitted his resignation effective Nov. 1, 2015, prompting the special election to fill the remainder of his term through Dec. 31, 2016.
Glanz resigned following a grand jury investigation in the wake of a deadly shooting involving Reserve Deputy Robert Bates. That grand jury investigation led to three misdemeanor indictments against the former sheriff.
A separate election will determine who becomes sheriff for the next four-year term. That filing period will be April 13-15, with a primary set for June 28. If necessary, a runoff would be held Aug. 23. The general election is Nov. 8.
You can find more information about the candidates on FortySix News Tulsa County Sheriff’s Special Election Page.