Tulsa County Sheriff Arraigned On Misdemeanor Indictments

Thursday, October 1st 2015, 3:18 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz appeared before a judge in Tulsa on Thursday to be arraigned on two misdemeanor indictments.

Glanz was in the courtroom of Tulsa Presiding Judge Rebecca Nightingale, who released him on his own recognizance.

The sheriff is due back in court on Nov. 10. He released a statement yesterday saying that before that date, he will resign from his duties of 27 years, ahead of his term's December end. The undersheriff will assume duties until a November special election has been held to fill the post.

TCSO Reserve Deputy Shooting Controversy

According to documents, a Tulsa County grand jury recommended Glanz be suspended and indicted him on Wednesday 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 grand jury also provided several other recommendations about TCSO operations.

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.

That controversy set off a firestorm of allegations about the sheriff's office, including cronyism and corruption. A group of citizens gathered signatures to petition for a single-county grand jury earlier this summer.

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