Mayor Bartlett Accepts Palmer Resignation; Appoints Chuck Jordan as TPD Interim Chief
ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 1-22-2010
Mayor Dewey Bartlett announced today he has accepted the
resignation of Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer and appointed Charles
W. "Chuck" Jordan, former Tulsa County Deputy Sheriff and former
Tulsa Police officer, as the interim police chief.
"I greatly appreciate Chief Palmer's service to the City of
Tulsa and admire his commitment to the department," Bartlett said.
"This has been one of the most difficult periods in the city's
"Public safety is the top priority for the City of Tulsa. Be
assured that Interim Chief Jordan has the knowledge and the skills
in Tulsa law enforcmenet to hit the ground running. As a former
Deputy Sheriff and former Tulsa police sergeant, Chief Jordan
understands the dynamics of law enforcement in the Tulsa area. He
is already familiar with our city's police officers, and they know
him," Bartlett said. "I am confident he can lead the command staff
to focus our officers' efforts and the activities of the department
in the areas where they are needed most. As we continue to reduce
expenses and reorganize our departments, I will be relying on Chief
Jordan to recommend and execute the necessary changes and
improvements to sustain excellence in customer service and provide
the public safety services that Tulsans expect."
Palmer was a mayoral appointment in the Taylor Adminsitration.
Former Mayor Kathy Taylor appointed Palmer as chief in August,
Jordan has served in the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office since
December 1, 2005. His areas of responsibility included court
operations, court holding and transportation, safety and training,
tactical block instruction at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office
Academy, criminal investigations, patrol corporal and sergeant
positions as well as sergeant and captain of the SWAT division.
Jordan served for the United National Missions in Kosovo from
September 2003 to September 2005 where he was responsible for the
operational command and adminsitration of 1,200 police officers,
850 Kosovo police service officers and 350 International Police
Officers from 46 nations in the Prizren Region.
Jordan served with the Tulsa Police Department from 1969 to
2001. From 1977 to 2001, Jordan conducted training and instruction
for the Tulsa Police Departemnt Training Academy and Regional Field
Training Officers Instruction. From 1993 to 2001 he supervised
Divisionsal Street Crimes units targeting drug and serial
offenders. From 1991 to 1993, Jordan designed, formed and commanded
the Tacital Response Square, an anti-robbery unit comprised of 50
officers from all operational divisions.
Jordan holds a Criminal Justice Administration dsaree and has
extensive specialized training in law enforcement, investigations
and tactical response. He has been honored with several awards from
the Tulsa Police Department and is a recipient of a United Nations