After a Wednesday deadline for candidates to submit applications to be appointed Muskogee County sheriff to replace Rob Frazier, who resigned to become Fort Gibson’s police chief, the Muskogee County Commissioners have come up with four candidates.
The candidates are:
- OHP Trooper Jessie Everett
- Undersheriff Terry Freeman
- Police lieutenant Andy Simmons
- Former sheriff Charles Pearson
The commissioners will decide on a new sheriff from this list at 9 a.m. during the regular board meeting of the board of commissioners on Monday.
Frazier told MuskogeeNOW.com that Pearson “has my support” and the support of “people in my camp.”
According to several sources inside law enforcement, Pearson met with Frazier and Freeman at the sheriff’s office before Frazier announced his resignation.
The commissioners, according to sources at the commission, were formerly debating not appointing a sheriff who may later run for the office during the next election — the incumbency giving him an unfair advantage over the other candidates who may run — but all of the candidates on the list have declared interest in running during the next election, so that logic may no longer apply.
UPDATE 9:04 a.m.: Freeman called and clarified that, although other sources were saying he may be interested in the next election, he is not.
“I have no interest in running for sheriff in the next election,” Freeman said.
UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: Everett called and said he also has no intentions of running in the next election.
“My only goal is to fill out this expired term,” he said.