Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado and Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler are joining together to voice their support for plans to replace the current Tulsa County Courthouse.
Sheriff Regalado says a new building is needed to ensure the safety of the people who visit and work inside the Courthouse every day, “Simply put, Tulsa has outgrown the current Tulsa County Courthouse. The Sheriff’s office is tasked with securing the courthouse, courtrooms and the transportation and guarding of inmates attending court proceedings. The current courthouse is ill equipped to handle the security needs of today’s world. As a result, the courthouse is inefficient in handling the thousands of citizens who come to the courthouse on a weekly basis. If you have had to conduct business at the courthouse then you are familiar with the long lines to enter the courthouse, the lack of parking and the crowding of elevators and escalators. I would encourage Tulsa County’s Board of Commissioners to consider the needs of its citizens as we move into the future and build a courthouse that Tulsans can be proud of for generations to come.”
Kunzweiler says the current building no longer meets the needs of Tulsa County’s growing population. “When this courthouse was built in 1954 Tulsa’s population was 242,000 people. We are approaching almost triple that number today. It served its role, but it is no longer safe enough nor is it capable enough to meet the needs of our community. The safety and building code deficiencies are extensive and worrisome. I encourage Tulsa County’s Board of Commissioners to seize the opportunity to build a new justice facility that mirrors the growth and vision of its constituents. We can and should build a courthouse through which future generations will appreciate the meaning of justice, commitment, community and sacrifice.”
When: Tuesday, November 14th at 2:00 pm
Where: The plaza in front of the Tulsa County Courthouse located at 600 Civic Center, Tulsa