State leaders announced Wednesday the members of a new commission that will evaluate school safety statewide in the wake of the elementary school massacre last month in Connecticut.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will lead the nonpartisan Oklahoma Commission on School Security. Lamb is a former U.S. Secret Service agent.
“Our children deserve safe and secure learning environments, and this commission is committed to doing just that,” Lamb said in a statement Wednesday. “Each commission member brings experience from their respective field that will generate ideas and solutions to enhance school security.”
The group will meet first at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 in Room 419-C of the Capitol. For more information or to submit ideas, call Lamb's office at 521-2161.
In addition to Lamb, 22 committee members were named:
• Gary Armbruster, principal architect at MA+ Architecture, an Oklahoma City-based firm.
• Phil Armstrong, assistant pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Tulsa.
• Retired Maj. Gen. Lee Baxter, member of the state Board of Education.
• Maj. James Blocker, director of emergency medical services for the Oklahoma City Fire Department.
• Sharon Brady, assistant director of special education for Lawton Public Schools.
• Ryan Brown, associate psychology professor at the University of Oklahoma.
• Sapulpa Superintendent Kevin Burr.
• Trice Butler, principal of Wilburton Middle School.
• Kim Carter, director of the Oklahoma office of Homeland Security.
• Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes.
• Edmond police Capt. Tim Dorsey.
• Eleanor Goetzinger, a behavior specialist for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
• Shattuck Superintendent Randy Holley.
• Claremore Superintendent Mike McClaren.
• Jerry McConnell, director of facility operations for Moore Norman Technology Center.
• Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.
• Bartlesville Superintendent Gary Quinn.
• Gary Rudick, police chief for the Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police.
• Cleveland County Commissioner Darry Stacy.
• Lyn Watson, Oklahoma City School Board member.
• Roger Webb, headmaster of Oklahoma Christian School, former president of the University of Central Oklahoma and former commissioner of the state Public Safety Department.
• Tammy Will, a coach and middle schoolteacher for Morrison Public Schools.