- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - When indicted Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz leaves office on Sunday, it won’t put an end to the scrutiny of an agency where a volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man in April.

The sheriff’s office still faces unresolved federal and state lawsuits, a state investigation and a perceived lack of trust some residents say exists between the county’s law officers and citizens.

Glanz, 73, is due in court nine days after his retirement becomes official to face two misdemeanor counts from a grand jury investigation of the agency after reserve deputy Robert Bates fatally shot 44-year-old Eric Harris during an April sting operation.

Glanz has even more legal challenges ahead: He’s named in at least 10 state and federal lawsuits alleging civil rights violations and mistreatment of inmates in the county jail.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation also is looking into allegations of misconduct at the sheriff’s office.

Questions arose about the agency’s reserve deputy program and Bates’ training after Harris’ death. One of the charges against Glanz accuses him of not releasing documents in an internal investigation involving Bates, who said he mistook his handgun for a stun gun when he shot Harris. The other accuses Glanz of willful violation of the law in an unrelated incident involving a stipend he received for a vehicle.

Deputy Justin Green said Glanz was no longer in his office this this week and had packed up belongings in the month since his indictment.

“The mood here I would say is a somberness because someone’s long career is ending and he is moving on and we appreciate and respect the things he’s done for this agency and the county,” Green said. “At the same time, we have to look forward. We are moving forward, redirecting, redefining and rebuilding a foundation to go forward on.”

Acting Sheriff Rick Weigel has been handling daily operations since the indictment and has pledged greater transparency and accountability to county residents - thousands of whom signed a petition to empanel the grand jury that indicted Glanz after Harris’ death. A special election to pick a new sheriff is set for March 1.

An internal 2009 memo released by an attorney for Harris’ family alleged top officials knew Bates - a close friend of Glanz who donated thousands of dollars in cash, equipment and vehicles to the agency - was inadequately trained but pressured other officers to look away.

Bates, who has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the Harris shooting, has left the agency and goes to trial in February.

Some residents say there’s still a disconnect between county leaders and the public - illustrated by the county commission’s decision to allow Glanz to keep his badge and gun, even after his resignation.

“We’re just completely on guard because the tone-deafness is still happening,” said Marq Lewis, organizer of We the People Oklahoma, a civil rights group that led the petition drive to empanel the grand jury. “It seems like they still do not value the voices of the citizens.”

Lewis said his group plans to meet with Weigel next week.

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