Tulsa’s First African American Police Chief Named

TULSA–Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum revealed his choice for Tulsa’s new police chief on Wednesday.
Major Wendell Franklin will replace Chuck Jordan as the Tulsa Police Department chief. Franklin was among four candidates that spoke before the public last week.

“I am overwhelmed. I am trying to take it all in. Yesterday with him telling me, it was surreal,” said Franklin.
Bynum praised Franklin for his strong community policing successes and his tough, but fair leadership.

“He is unique in having commanded front-line officers in each of the departments, in three field divisions as a captain in the Mingo valley division, as the division commander over the Riverside division and later the Gilcrease division,” said Bynum.

Franklin said while he is nervous about taking over, he knows that he has a strong support structure to lean on to help him succeed.
“I am fearful but because I don’t want to mess up. I know what the expectations are and I know I won’t be able to meet everyone’s expectations, but you know I want to move our department forward,” said Franklin.

Franklin spoke about creating a more transparent department and installing a new records management system by 2021.

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