Oklahoma County Sheriff

Quinton Chandler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Control of the state’s largest county jail could be placed under the authority of a public-private trust according to a plan considered Thursday by an Oklahoma County advisory group.

Members of the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council voted to recommend county commissioners consider a draft proposal to give oversight of the Oklahoma County Jail’s operations to a trust made up of one county commissioner, the county sheriff and seven private citizens.

Under the proposal, the seven appointees would be chosen by the county’s three commissioners.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel mostly about the first State of the State Address from new Governor Kevin Stitt to kick off the 57th legislature.

The trio also discusses the 2019 legislative agenda from House and Senate Democrats and Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey gets into a battle with Sheriff P.D. Taylor after he shows up with 17 other people for a surprise inspection of the jail.

Political Scandals, Special Elections & Special Session

Sep 15, 2017

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and Norman Democratic Representative Emily Virgin (sitting in for Ryan Kiesel) about the scandals involving Woodward Republican Senator Bryce Marlatt for allegations of sexual battery against an Uber driver and former Governor Fallin Aide Travis Brauer who is charged with evidence tampering in accusations of taking photos up a woman's skirt during a committee meeting.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the state legislature reaching the halfway point in the session, leaders of the House and Senate announce they hope to limit cuts to common education to little or nothing in the upcoming fiscal year and Scott Pruitt faces an investigation by the Oklahoma Bar Association on accusations of lying to a U.S. Senate committee during his confirmation hearing to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

A newly released audit of an Oklahoma sheriff's office shows thousands of items valued at more than $3.3 million missing from its inventory, including vehicles, firearms, computers and other equipment.

The audit released today was conducted by state Auditor & Inspector Gary Jones' office following the departure in February of former Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel after 20 years as sheriff.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Senator Ralph Shortey who resigned his position at the State Capitol after he was charged with three felony counts of child prostitution, 430,000 Oklahomans might have had their identities stolen after a website for people applying for state jobs got hacked & lawmakers reach a deadline for bills to be out of their chambers of origin.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the retirement announcement of Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel amid an audit showing alleged mismanagement of funds at the county jail, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch has ties to the Sooner State and U.S. Senate Republicans change the rules to avoid a Democratic boycott of Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel is leaving after 20 years in office and shortly after starting his sixth term. Whetsel's retirement takes effect February 28.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about State Question 792 to put strong beer and wine in grocery stores as well as looking at any state legislative races which has their attention.

The trio also discusses the race for Oklahoma County Sheriff after an audit of mismanagement for the incumbent and accusations of fake endorsements from the challenger as well as predictions on voter turnout.

Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Oklahoma County's Board of County Commissioners met Wednesday morning and discussed last month’s investigatory audit of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, but ultimately voted to defer a decision until next week. The deferment means a decision regarding Sheriff John Whetsel’s tenure will not be made until after the Nov. 8 election, where Whetsel is seeking re-election for a sixth term.

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