TULSA, OK – Tulsa County sheriff candidate Jason Jackson is contesting the candidacies of three challengers to fill the vacated term of former Sheriff Stanley Glanz.
Republican candidate and Jenks Police Sergeant Jason Jackson filed paperwork Thursday to contest the candidacy of three candidates who have filed for Tulsa County Sheriff – John Fitzpatrick, Arthur Jackson, and Henry Jones, and is calling on the remaining candidates to publicly release their CLEET records to confirm they are qualified to run for Tulsa County Sheriff.
“The law is crystal clear about the qualifications to run for Tulsa County Sheriff,” said Jackson. “And three candidates are in violation of the law.”
Jackson first explained how Arthur Jackson, who filed as an Independent, is registered as a Democrat and didn’t switch party affiliation in the required 6 months before the election date.
Jackson then explained why he is contesting Fitzpatrick’s and Jones’ candidacy for Sheriff. “The law states that in counties with a population greater than 500,000, ‘the person seeking election shall also be a current certified peace officer in good standing,'” said Jackson.
The challenges are based on state statutes that dictate “the person seeking election shall also be a current certified peace officer in good standing” in counties with a population of 500,000 or more.
“When I checked with CLEET this week, I was informed that Arthur Jackson and Henry Jones are not certified at all with CLEET and John Fitzpatrick is only a certified reserve officer,” said Jackson.
Documentation received from CLEET and provided by Jackson’s campaign show that Fitzpatrick, Arthur Jackson and Jones don’t appear to satisfy the ‘peace officer’ portion of applicable state statutes. CLEET says Fitzpatrick is a certified reserve officer, Arthur Jackson isn’t certified, and Jones isn’t listed in its system.
Jackson stated how the Oklahoma statutes make a clear distinction between a certified peace officer and a certified reserve officer. “The Legislature was very intentional when they used the term ‘current certified peace officer in good standing,'” said Jackson.
Fitzpatrick, 59, is a 10-year reserve officer of the Tulsa Police Department and a longtime private-sector executive. He states that he has spoken with CLEET and has had three different lawyers look at this issue and all have assured him that he is more than qualified for the position.
Jackson, 73, is a corporal who has been with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years as a detention officer.
Jones, 62, has not provided any information to FortySix News of his experience in law enforcement. Jones does however have a 2010 conviction for threatening an act of violence, telling a Tulsa County Courthouse clerk he would shoot her if he had a gun, court documents show. He also has two outstanding warrants from 2011 for failure to pay $650 tied to two misdemeanor criminal cases, according to records.
“It’s important that the people of Tulsa County know that every candidate running for Sheriff is in full compliance with the law,” said Jackson. “Unfortunately, CLEET does not publicly disclose if an officer is in good standing, only whether or not they are certified and whether they are a peace officer or reserve officer.”
“That’s why I am publicly releasing my CLEET records including the affidavit of good standing,” said Jackson. “And I am calling on every other candidate to obtain and release their CLEET records and affidavits of good standing within the next 24 hours. And if they are not in good standing with CLEET, I ask that they respect the law on the books by withdrawing from the Tulsa County Sheriff’s race.”
“It is vital to the people of Tulsa County to know that their Sheriff candidates are in full compliance with the law,” said Jackson. “Especially since the main part of the job they’re seeking is to enforce the laws of Oklahoma.”
The time frame for candidates to contest a candidacy ends at 5 p.m. Friday. In preparation for a contest the Tulsa County Election Board this week has scheduled a hearing date, which will take place on Dec. 17.
The 13 candidates who have filed to run for Sheriff:
- John Fitzpatrick – Republican
- Tom Helm – Republican
- Brandon Hendrix – Republican
- Jason Jackson – Republican
- Dan Miller – Republican
- Randy Pierce – Republican
- Bill Reaves – Republican
- Vic Regalado – Republican
- Erich Richter – Republican
- Luke Sherman – Republican
- Rex Berry – Democrat
- Henry Jones – Democrat
- Arthur Jackson – Independent
A special primary election is scheduled for March 1, 2016 with the special general election on April 5.
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.