NORMAN — Cleveland County Commissioner-elect Darry Stacy says he will retire from the Norman Police Department before assuming office in January.
Stacy defeated two Republican challengers Tuesday, including state House Rep. Randy Terrill who faces a bribery charge, to win the District 2 seat being vacated by longtime office holder George Skinner.
A captain on the Norman police force, Stacy, 44, also is a member of the Norman School Board. His school board term will end in December, Stacy said, but there's a possibility he may resign that post before then to get ready for the commissioner's job.
“I haven't made a decision on that yet,” he said. “I will probably stay with the Norman Police Department for another couple of months or so, but I am definitely planning to retire.” Stacy has been with the police department since 1989.
Stacy said the commissioner post is a full-time job “that I look forward to doing. I need to learn it from the ground up. I think I have the experience with budgets and administration based on my service on the school board and my job, but the commissioner's job is a whole new game. There is a learning curve, but I look forward to tackling it.”
A school board post is the only public office a police officer legally can hold, Stacy said. He has been a member of the Norman board since 2006.
Stacy said he was relieved to win the commissioner post without a need for a runoff election. In Tuesday's balloting, he garnered 2,684 votes to beat Terrill, who received 1,341 votes. David Houck ran a distant third, with 491 votes.
Terrill is accused in a bribery charge of offering a fellow politician money to not seek re-election. He has denied the charge, saying he is a victim of political enemies.