Sheriff candidate: 3 opponents not qualified

Posted at 12:39 PM, Dec 15, 2015

Tulsa County Sheriff candidate Jason Jackson's campaign is in full swing and a recent challenge by Jackson has created early controversy within the race.

Jackson, who served as a Jenks police officer for over 18 years, filled paperwork contesting the qualifications of three candidates, John Fitzpatrick, Arthur Jackson and Henry Jones.

Jackson claims that none of the three men are currently certified by the standards of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, which is a necessary certificate in order to run for sheriff.

Below is a compiled list of of necessary requirements to run for sheriff according to the Oklahoma State Statutes.   

Residency: Candidate must be a resident of the state of Oklahoma for two years and registered as voter of the party whose nomination he or she seeks. Candidates can also be registered as an Independent within the county from which they seek election for at least six months preceding the first day of the filling period.

Age: Candidates must be at least 25 years of age preceding the date of the filling for office, possesses at least a high school (diploma) education.

Certifications: In counties with populations of 500,000 residents or more, the person seeking election shall also be a current certified peace officer in good standing. Within 12 months of taking office, all newly elected or appointed sheriffs shall complete a sheriff's administrative school.

70-3311 Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training

Watch TCSO candidate John Fitzpatrick make his case to become the next Sheriff of Tulsa.

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