Former Muskogee County Sheriff Charles Pearson filed today for the upcoming election to his old position.
Pearson, who served as sheriff from 2001 to 2017, took over an agency “in complete bankruptcy,” he said, and worked to modernize and overhaul the office.
“With the sudden and unexpected death of my wife in 2012, I went into a deep depression and I lost enthusiasm for everything,” Pearson said just now. “But having some time to reflect since the last election, I realize the only passion I have ever had is helping people through law enforcement.”
Pearson was defeated in the 2016 election by former police officer Rob Frazier, who resigned last year to become Fort Gibson’s police chief. Pearson’s undersheriff, who continued under Frazier, Terry Freeman, was appointed sheriff until the election.
“Running that office takes multitasking and a clear head,” Pearson said. “I didn’t have that in my last term, but I do now; everything has changed.”
Pearson, a Democrat, will face the winner of the Republican primary if no other Democrats file. Currently, Police Lieutenant Andy Simmons and Undersheriff Michael Mahan are running in that primary.