Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant is keeping a list and he’s checking it twice to make sure his plans for improving the department and the Carter County Detention Center are on track.
Recently, Bryant shared the list of goals he’s achieved, as well as the accomplishments and improvements that have marked his first 100 days in office — both in administration and law enforcement. Here’s what he had to say.
Administrative changes and improvements:
“First was addressing excess spending,” Bryant said. “I made changes to the county jail menu, which saves the taxpayers $15,000 per month. I have also successfully renegotiated multiple contracts that will increase revenue for the county.”
Additionally, Bryant says he has redirected operations at the Carter County Detention Center through the hiring of new administrators.
The sheriff also claims a “first,” in more than two decades at the CCDC.
“With the help of my staff, I prepared the detention center for the annual jail inspection,” he said. “For the first time in more than 20 years no deficiencies were found.”
Moreover the sheriff points to his administrative efforts to secure grants. One grant is aimed at enhancing the department’s radio communications system.
“I’m also in the process of securing federal funding for an additional law enforcement project,” he explained.
Law enforcement stats show an increase in solved cases and the resurgence of drug crime investigation:
January showed “closed” stamped on an estimated 25 auto burglaries occurring in December and the beginning of the new year.
“Four suspects were arrested in connection with those auto-burglaries and the thefts have stopped,” Bryant said.
The following month the CCSD stamped another case close with the arrest of a Lone Grove man charged with the botched armed robbery of a Springer convenience store.
The sheriff said he is making the sale of illegal drugs throughout the county a priority. To beef up investigations into drug activity Bryant has reopened cooperative narcotics investigation avenues with the Ardmore Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. It’s an effort he says is paying high dividends.
“A total of 17 felony drug complaints have been filed in Carter County District Court since my tenure began,” Bryant said
In March the cooperative drug enforcement effort went into an accelerated mode with the following results:
• Four search warrants were served
• Nine felony drug cases were filed and charges in a 10th case, investigated March 31, is expected to be filed Monday.
However, drugs and thefts are not the only issues claiming the sheriff’s attention and the investigative efforts of criminal investigation deputies.
“We are also currently investigating the discovery of human remains in the Gene Autry, as well as countless other concerns reported by Carter County citizens,” Bryant said. “The bottom line is this — if it is a concern or a transgression involving just one county resident, it’s an issue this department takes seriously.”
While Bryant’s plans are on track, he said area residents play a commanding role in the overall success of his objectives.
“Citizens, who are involved and who pay attention to what’s going on around them, are crucial to our overall success. We depend on citizens reporting either things that are concerning them, suspicions something just isn’t right or activity that seems unusual. If you observe something we want to know about it. Give us a call,” the sheriff urged.