Tulsa County elected officers sworn in
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Thursday, January 03, 2013
1/03/13 at 8:03 AM
Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz began his seventh term Wednesday when he was sworn in to office along with three other county elected officials.
First elected in 1988, Glanz is the longest-serving sheriff in Tulsa County's history.
"It is really a pleasure to be here today," he said.
"This is the seventh time I have been sworn in, so we will see how it goes from here on."
The other elected officials taking their oaths of office at an early morning ceremony at the Tulsa County Courthouse were Court Clerk Sally Howe-Smith and County Commissioner Karen Keith, both incumbents, and newly elected County Clerk Pat Key.
Glanz, 70, was sworn in by Tulsa County District Judge James Caputo, whom Glanz swore in as a deputy sheriff 20 years ago.
"He has been a visionary for the Sheriff's Office," Caputo said of Glanz. "He is a great leader. He is an unbelievable friend, and I can't tell you how big an honor it is for me to swear in Sheriff Stanley Glanz today."
Glanz said his biggest accomplishment as sheriff has been his ability to get people to work together. He pointed to his work in helping create a multijurisdictional gang-intervention unit as well as a communication network among local law enforcement agencies as examples.
He said one priority he has set for his next term is the establishment of a regional law enforcement training facility.
The job has not changed much since he took office, Glanz said.
"My part of it is mostly the political end of it," he said. "The actual operation of the office is normally controlled by the undersheriff, and I will continue in that vein and continue to be active politically and let the jail and the law enforcement side pretty much take care of themselves."
Key, 66, defeated challenger Dean Martin in a closely contested Republican primary to succeed Earlene Wilson, who was the county clerk for 12 years.
Tulsa County "is a wonderful place to work," Key said Wednesday.
"We have a really wonderful group of elected officials here to work with, and I am looking forward to being part of that team."
Keith, 59, is the lone Democrat among the county's eight elected officials. She begins her second term after running unopposed in the November election.
Keith will be chairwoman of the County Commission, succeeding Commissioner John Smaligo. The chairmanship is rotated on an annual basis.
"I am really looking forward to a great year," Keith said. "Commissioner Smaligo, I think, has done a tremendous job this past year, so it is going to be difficult following in his footsteps. But I am happy to give it a try."
Howe-Smith, 60, is beginning her sixth term in office.
Tulsa County's elected officials serve four-year terms and are paid $100,387 a year.
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Sheriff Stanley Glanz raises his hand at a swearing-in ceremony at the Tulsa County Courthouse on Wednesday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World
County Clerk Pat Key is sworn in Wednesday by District Judge Kurt Glassco during a ceremony at the Tulsa County Courthouse. MATT BARNARD/ Tulsa World
Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe-Smith (right) speaks to supporters with Judge Jane Wiseman (left) from the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals at a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday at the Tulsa County Courthouse. MATT BARNARD/ Tulsa World
County Commissioner Karen Keith is sworn in Wednesday by District Judge William Kellough during a ceremony at the Tulsa County Courthouse. MATT BARNARD/ Tulsa World