- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - At least seven candidates have announced plans to run in a special election to fill the remaining term of an ex-Oklahoma sheriff whose agency was investigated after a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man.

The filing period to run for the rest of former Tulsa County sheriff Stanley Glanz’s term begins Monday; the primary in the contest is March 1.

Glanz, who resigned Nov. 1 with more than a year until his term expired, faces two misdemeanor counts accusing him of willfully violating the law and refusing to perform his official duty. Prosecutors filed the formal charges after Glanz was indicted by a grand jury in September. Jurors accused Glanz of not releasing documents in an internal investigation that questioned the training of the reserve deputy, Robert Bates.

So far, seven candidates have publicly announced their intentions to run, the Tulsa World reported (https://bit.ly/1HOKMat ). The candidates include John Fitzpatrick, a Tulsa police reserve officer; Tom Helm, an Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office agent; Jason Jackson, a Jenks police patrol sergeant and Tulsa police corporal Dan Miller.

Also declaring plans to run are Tulsa police sergeant Vic Regalado, former Tulsa sheriff’s deputy Erich Richter and Tulsa police sergeant Luke Sherman.

A grand jury began investigating the sheriff’s office after Bates fatally shot Eric Harris in April. Bates, who has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge, was a close friend of Glanz who gave thousands of dollars in cash and equipment to the sheriff’s office.

The internal 2009 memo Glanz was accused by grand jurors of not releasing alleged top sheriff’s officials knew Bates was inadequately trained but pressured other officers to look away.

Thousands of county residents signed a petition to empanel the grand jury that indicted Glanz.

The sheriff’s office still faces unresolved federal and state lawsuits and a state investigation.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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