TULSA – The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Deputies Union publicly declared their lack of faith in members of the county commissioners this week.
The letter that was delivered outlined their disapproval of recent actions taken, specifically stating, “that we have no faith or confidence in our currently seated county commissioners.”
In the letter, Union President Travis Jones says that “numerous recent events” contributed to their “struggling relationship.” Among the reasons contributing to their faltering relationship, it cite cites a lack of support from the county commissioners. They also equate a lack of funding for the Tulsa County Jail as indication for lack of support.
Towards the end of the letter it specifically accuses county commissioners of employing “bullying tactics and threats” that inhibit the growth of those working in other departments or agencies of the county.
Lastly, the letter asks that the negativity from the county commissioners stop altogether and even goes on to request a raise for its members.
County Commissioner John Smaligo responded to this letter, saying:
"I'm really surprised and disappointed this group ambushed us today with their complaints. Instead of lashing out at those who are seeking to solve the financial problems at the Sheriff's office I, along with other Tulsa County taxpayers, would think their time and energy would be much better spent trying to find solutions. Hopefully, they will quickly realize how ridiculous their actions were today and will join us at the commissioners' next management conference so we can discuss ways to keep their office within the budget they submitted."
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