By Russell Hixson
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Payne County Sheriff R.B. Hauf is president of the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association. Hauf will serve in the association’s highest office for a year helping guide legislation, represent the association and lead its board.
“I am truly honored to get to be president of such a great organization,” Hauf said. During his five years as sheriff, Hauf has been a regional chair, second vice president, first vice president and now president. Hauf said he has always wanted to be a part of the sheriff’s group but never dreamed he would be voted president by its members.
“He is an outstanding individual,” said Ken McNair, Oklahoma sheriff’s association executive director. He explained the association provides training for the state’s sheriff’s departments, comments on legislation affecting law enforcement and represents 74 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. It has more than 5,000 members.
Presidents are required to be a member for several years and also serve on the board.
One of the major issues the association plans to tackle is detention officer training, McNair said. The state requires 24 hours of training within the first year of employment and 12 hours every year after that. The association is working on providing a way for sheriff’s departments to exceed that requirement by offering 40 hours of training in the first year and 24 hours each year after.
“Anytime you can surpass any minimum standard, everybody wins,” Hauf said.
Hauf will have to meet with legislatures several times during his term as president, go to a monthly meeting and also represent the association at various events and services. He said the commitment will not interfere with his duties as sheriff.
Hauf officially took over as president Friday. He was voted president last Wednesday.