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First town hall meeting for Tulsa's next police chief

Posted at 6:22 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 07:22:33-05

TULSA, Okla. — On Tuesday night, the community is invited to attend the first of three town hall meetings, organized by the City of Tulsa and the Crime Prevention Network, to share thoughts on Tulsa's next chief of police.

Mayor G.T. Bynum said he wants to ensure every Tulsan is heard in this process to pick Chief Chuck Jordan's replacement.

Some Tulsans are already voicing their opinion on the matter and what they feel is more important to them.

"Tulsa has traditionally been a segregated place, and I think kind of breaking down those walls and bringing down those barriers would be really helpful for our city. I think it's something you have to continually work on," said Michael Bibens, a Tulsa resident.

For others, safety is their number one priority. They want the next chief of police to put the residents' well-being first and ensure that Tulsa is a safe place to live.

"If the community feels safe with their current police staff then I think that reflects well with the police chief," said Whitney Campbell, a Tulsa resident.

Current Chief Chuck Jordan announced he will retire next month after serving as the city's chief since November 2010.

The police department is considering seven candidates for the role. This includes three deputy chiefs: Jonathan Brooks, Eric Dalgleish and Dennis Larsen. Four majors are also being considered: Luther Breashears, Wendell Franklin, Laurel Roberts and Matther Kirkland.

Tuesday's town hall meeting will be held at the Hardesty Library's Frossard Auditorium at 6 p.m. The library is located at 8316 E. 93rd St. in Tulsa.

The other two meetings are below.

Wednesday, January 8
Rudisill Library: Ancestral Hall
1520 N. Hartford Ave., Tulsa
6 p.m.

Thursday, January 9
OU-Tulsa: Learning Center - Room 145
4502 E. 41st St., Tulsa
6 p.m.

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