Community leaders demand transparent police chief selection, end to ‘Live PD’ in Tulsa

Community leaders demand transparent police chief selection, end to 'Live PD' in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. — Community leaders in north Tulsa are holding a press conference Monday after giving a letter to the mayor demanding transparency in the upcoming selection of a new police chief.

The community delivered the letter Friday in an effort to get Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum to “deeply and intentionally engage Tulsa citizens in the selection of the city’s next Chief of Police.”

See the letter here

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Bynum held three town halls in January as a way to ask for public input on finding a replacement for retiring Chief Chuck Jordan.

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Jordan has been the chief at the Tulsa Police Department since 2010 and plans to retire in 2020.

The letter written to the mayor calls for the mayor to make the process more transparent including creating a citizen selection committee to determine finalists for the job, and committing to hiring a police chief who will “make creating an unbiased, equitable culture of policing their top priority.”

The same letter also calls for the mayor to immediately end the contract between the city and the A&E TV show “Live PD.”

The following elected officials signed the letter delivered to the mayor:

  • Tulsa City Councilor Vanessa Hall-Harper on behalf of the constituents of District One
  • Oklahoma State Representative Regina Goodwin on behalf of the constituents of House District 73
  • Oklahoma State Representative Monroe Nichols on behalf of the constituents of House District 72
  • Oklahoma State Senator Kevin Matthews on behalf of the constituents of Senate

The press conference to reiterate the letter is being held Monday, Jan 13 at 11 a.m. FOX23 will take you there live on the free FOX23 News app.