Tommie Johnson III Makes History As Oklahoma County's First Black Sheriff

Monday, January 4th 2021, 1:53 pm
By: News 9, Ashley Holden


Tommie Johnson III made history Monday when he was sworn in as Oklahoma County Sheriff.

Johnson told News 9 he's ready to take this leap. Johnson was emotional on election night, pulling off a win over Democrat Candidate Wayland Cubit and earlier beating incumbent PD Taylor in a run-off primary. 

Johnson became the first Black Oklahoma County Sheriff when he was sworn in during a ceremony at U.S. Grant High School.

He said he feels amazing and the transition process, which includes looking at the current budget and resources available, has been going smoothly. 

Johnson was very vocal during his campaign about making concrete promises.

His first order of business will be to secure body cameras. 

"The changes that I wanted to make, my pillars, were very feasible things and these are things I want to get done in the first two years," said Johnson. "I really think the body cameras can happen. We have a lot of people very excited about this, and I'm telling you this is the way we need to go."