(OKLAHOMA CITY) Governor Mary Fallin today announced she has appointed Payne County Sheriff R.B. Hauf to serve on the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) Commission.
Hauf is replacing Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz, who has resigned from the commission. Glanz’s unexpired term on the commission ends July 1, 2016. The governor also is appointing Hauf to succeed himself to a full seven-year term when the unexpired term ends next year.
He begins his term immediately on an interim basis. Both appointments require Senate confirmation.
Hauf, of Stillwater, will fill the one sheriff’s position on the seven-member commission. In addition to sheriff, the commission has two other law enforcement slots that are filled by a police chief and a district attorney. The other four positions are filled by lay members.
Hauf was elected sheriff of Payne County in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. Hauf was elected in 2013 to serve as president of the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association. He continues to serve on the association’s board.
“Sheriff Hauf understands the needs of sheriffs across the state and has worked closely with the OSBI over the years. He will be a tremendous asset to the commission,” said Fallin.
Hauf began his service with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office in 1989 as a dispatcher and jailer. He later served 14 years as a field deputy and also served as an investigator on the Payne and Logan County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, which was instrumental in reducing the number of methamphetamine labs in both counties. He was promoted to investigator in the sheriff’s office in 2006.
Since his election, Hauf has started several programs in the county jail intended to help inmates who are released from jail, such as GED courses, parenting classes and an alcohol and drug program. He was instrumental in starting an inmate garden program, which produces hundreds of pounds of food for inmate meals, which reduces jail operating costs.
He and his wife, Anita, a long-time educator at Stillwater Public Schools and now the principal at Sunnybrook Christian School, have two grown children.