Michelle Robinette , Tulsa County Sheriff (Acting)
The Sheriff is responsible for maintaining law and order within the borders of Tulsa County. The Sheriff commands a full service agency that includes detention, court services and operations divisions; total employed by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is well over 500 people.
In 1997, then a Corporal, Michelle Robinette served as a member of the Transition Team that had been tasked with the design of and implementation of a new jail, now known as the David L. Moss Criminal Justice System. Before completion of construction, the Transition Team was disbanded and the completion of construction as well as the operation of the new jail was given to a private organization
In 2005, then a Captain, Robinette once again served on the Sheriff’s Office Transition Team, this time assigned as the supervisor, tasked with assuming control of the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. Within a three month time frame, the transition team wrote policy, developed procedures and put into place practices for operation of the facility, as well as interview and hire over 300 potential new employees.
In 2014, now Chief Robinette is once again serving on the Sheriff’s Transition Team to oversee the design and construction for new mental health housing additions to the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. As well as overseeing the new additions to the jail, the Transition Team is also focusing a jail diversion program specific to issues of mental illness.
Deemed the right person to oversee the project, due to her continued involvement with the jail, Chief Robinette will remain in this position until completion of the jail addition and the development of the jail diversion process, expected to be near completion mid-year 2016.
Chief Robinette began her career at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in July of 1995, advancing through the ranks and working in almost every department within the Office. From policy writing and process development, supervising court deputies and road patrol, to creating and implementing new programs and projects for the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Robinette has gained experience and expertise in all areas of law enforcement.
Due to her keen knowledge on policy and procedure and the inner workings of law enforcement, as well as detention, functions she has obtained such credentials as being a Certified Corrections Executive through the American Correctional Association and she is Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association. Chief Robinette also works on a national level with organizations such as the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies as an Assessor as well as the American Correctional Association as an Auditor for detention facilities. Chief Robinette is also completing the process to become a certified PREA auditor for the Department of Justice.
Chief Robinette has attended many hours of training and executive level seminars such as the Executive Excellence course offered by the National Institute of Corrections, the Developing Executive Leaders in Law Enforcement offered by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, as well as the School of Police Supervision, hosted by Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. Chief Robinette holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and is a proud graduate of the 248 Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.