Broken Arrow Closer To Choosing Police Chief - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

Broken Arrow Closer To Choosing Police Chief

Posted: Updated:
BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

The two remaining candidates to be the next police chief of Broken Arrow met with community leaders Tuesday evening.

The last chief retired just a month ago, but with plenty of notice so his replacement could get on the job quickly.

In a crowd of police officers, chamber of commerce and school leaders, the candidates were shaking a lot of hands.

But it's City Manager Michael Spurgeon who will make the decision.

"And I think we have two great candidates who can help us lead our very important police department into the future," Spurgeon said.

The finalists came out of 35 applicants, narrowed down to Florida Sheriff's Commander Greg Purden and Broken Arrow's Deputy Chief Brandon Berryhill.

Berryhill now serves as acting chief, after 23 years with the department.

 He's been the deputy chief for six years.

He said he's eager to tackle technology issues and equipment issues for the department.

"Other places do not have the support we have here. The citizens here vote on our bonds and come out to support us and I think the police support them. It's a unique situation here," Berryhill said.

Finalist Greg Purden is the Commander for Operations at the Brevard County, Florida Sheriff's Office.

He's been an officer for 32 years.

"To see what challenges they might be facing. I want to make sure they're keeping up with technology. I think it's very important to have excellent partnerships in the community," Purden said. "That's what I like to do where I'm from in Florida. I think it's important because when you have those partnerships you're more accessible to the community."

The department has 150 officers and Spurgeon said the decision won't be easy.

"I want someone who has the earnest desire to be a part of the Broken Arrow community," Spurgeon said.

The city manager said he hopes to announce a decision next week.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.