Tulsa County Sheriff Resigns After Indictments Handed Down
TULSA, Oklahoma -
UPDATE: Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz resigns immediately after reading of indictments
The Tulsa County Grand Jury investigating the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office returned two misdemeanor indictments on Wednesday afternoon.
Immediately following the reading of the indictments, Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who has served in that capacity for 27 years, announced his resignation.
Read Glanz's Resignation Letter
According to the documents read in open court, the Grand Jury indicted Glanz for willful violation of the law and violating the law for not releasing an internal report.
The indictment alleges Glanz committed willful violation of the law from January 2014 to the present for electing "to take a $600 monthly stipend for in-county travel for official business, electing to use his own personal vehicle for said travel... and has instead regularly used a Tulsa County owned and fueled 2013 and 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe for travel within the county for regularly scheduled official business."
The jurors began looking into Glanz's office after reserve deputy Bob Bates shot and killed Eric Harris during an undercover gun sting. Bates said he meant to reach for his Taser, but pulled his gun instead, documents say.
The Grand Jury on Wednesday morning handed five envelopes to the judge, who considered the findings in private and reconvened at 2 p.m. to release the findings.
The Grand Jury also interviewed 32 witnesses and looked at 164 exhibits. It gave the judge a report that includes eight recommendations for improvement at TCSO.
The Grand Jury was required to inspect the jail and said it did not find any issues.
With the resignation of Glanz, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will have to call for a special election to fill the sheriff post in Tulsa County. TCSO Undersheriff Richard Weigel will serve in the interim, according to a spokesperson.
Glanz's term ends in December.
Read the 2009 Special Investigation