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Green Is a Sheriff Aspirant

Virgil Green once was police chief in Spencer.

Virgil Green, the former police chief in Boley and in Spencer, said he is a candidate for sheriff of Oklahoma County.

He has been president of the Oklahoma City Metro Chiefs Association.

If elected, he said he will work at increasing deputy patrols, increasing deputy raining for dealing with mental health concerns, and rebuilding relationships with the under-served, the disabled and the homeless.

“There is a need for change in the culture within the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, and that change starts at the top and flows downward,” Mr. Green said in a statement.

“It’s time the sheriff’s office embraced a new approach to building stronger relationships with the people of Oklahoma County.”

Mr. Green, who is running as a Democrat, said he would work to increase the number of deputies on patrol and would support the building of a new county jail.

The candidate pointed to tensions between Sheriff P.D. Taylor and other county officials over the creation of the Oklahoma County Jail Trust, which voted last year to take away management of the jail from the sheriff’s office and hired an outside administrator.

“We are all aware of the simmering disputes between the Sheriff and a few county officials,” Mr. Green said in a news release.

 “I believe the people of Oklahoma County are tired of hearing about it and are ready for new leadership.”

Several others have announced their candidacies for sheriff, including Sheriff Taylor.

Mr. Green ran for the office in 2011.

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