One-on-One With The Longest Serving Tulsa County Sheriff
In the past 25 years, Tulsa has had five mayors, five police chiefs, and nine county commissioners, but there has only been one sheriff of Tulsa county in that time.
Sheriff Stanley Glanz is the longest serving Tulsa County Sheriff and has spent 47 years in law enforcement.
"I joined the police department to get through college, by the time I got through with college, I was a sergeant," Sheriff Stanley Glanz said.
Glanz had been interviewing for other jobs across the country, but felt like he needed to be here.
"I thought I could do more by staying in Tulsa and running for sheriff," Glanz said.
So he did, and he won.
Glanz was sworn into office January 1989. When he started, the office had its fair share of problems he wanted to fix, quickly.
"One thing that occurred when I came to the Sheriff's office, they had no policies and procedures in writing," Glanz said.
In the early years, Glanz said the biggest issues he faced were gangs and a police chief who wouldn't admit they were in Tulsa.
"When I first started the gang intervention units, we sent out definitions, how to decide if a person was really a true gang member or not and today we still use those same standards and that has been adopted nationally," Glanz said.
But the biggest headache in his career came in 1998 when the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority decided to privatize the new jail that Sheriff Glanz had helped build.
"I have taken people's word when I went out and worked for a new jail," Glanz said. "I thought that we would get to operate the jail and it was taken away from me. I didn't see that coming."
The debate on who would run the jail went on for several years.
Sheriff Glanz fought hard to get it back under the Sheriff's Office control. He said he doesn't feel vindicated that his office has control again, but just wants to make sure the system is run right.
"That's the Sheriff's responsibility," Glanz said. "There is a lot of criminal information in the jail and when it's private operators hands the law enforcement community receives none of that information."
Getting that information can help solve crimes that happen in areas like 61st and Peoria.
"Anytime someone from that area ends up in the facility, we can monitor their phone calls and probably pick up a lot of information," Glanz said.
As for his next four years in office, Sheriff Glanz has goals, like building a regional training facility near the Tulsa Police Department's training center and a backup communication system. He said some things won't be changing anytime soon.
"If you have a crime, we don't do telephone reporting taking. We have an officer come to your door and talk to you and I think that level of service is very important and that's a commitment as long as I am Sheriff we'll keep," Glanz said..
It's a level of service that starts with him.
"I wanted to make some changes to this community," Glanz said. "[I] just never thought about staying this long."
Sheriff Glanz is also responsible for the first law enforcement agency to have a website. He also is in charge of the second law enforcement agencies to have a mobile app. Sheriff Glanz has received several awards throughout his 25 years. One of the top honors is the National Sheriff's Association Triple Crown Award for achieving accreditation from ACA, CALEA and NCCHC.
In his spare time, Sheriff Glanz said you'll find him in a boat, fishing.