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Candidates emerge for Oklahoma County Sheriff following Whetsel's resignation

Several candidates are reportedly interested in running for Oklahoma County Sheriff following the resignation of Sheriff John Whetsel.

Whetsel announced his resignation Feb. 1 amid an investigation into questionable financial practices at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office. He will leave office March 1. Governor Mary Fallin's office confirmed Wednesday that they had received Whetsel's resignation. The governor has 30 days to set a date for the election of a new sheriff.

Darrell Sorrels, who lost to Whetsel in the 2012 election, has confirmed that he will enter the special election. Sorrels has worked for the United States Marshal's Office in Oklahoma City and spent time at the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.


Former State Rep. Mike Christian lost a narrow race to Whetsel in November. He will also reportedly enter the race. Christian has a news conference planned for Thursday morning where he will announce his intentions.

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