Vinita – Brian Edwards, longtime Tulsa County Undersheriff and 31-year veteran of law enforcement, has accepted the position of Grand River Dam Authority Assistant General Manager/Chief of Law Enforcement and Homeland Security. GRDA CEO/Director of Investments Dan Sullivan made the announcement during the April 18 meeting of the GRDA Board of Directors. Edwards, who is retiring from his position with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department, will begin his tenure with GRDA on May 1.
A life-long resident of Tulsa, and a Grand Lake homeowner, Edwards has devoted 31 years to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, serving as Undersheriff since 2004. He earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice/Corrections from Langston University. He is also a graduate of the 219th Section of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute as well as specialized training schools. He was the original supervisor of the first Gangs Intervention Team in Tulsa and instrumental in developing the Tulsa County Reserve Program. He has also served on the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association Board of Directors for seven years.
“Brian Edwards’ experience and skills will be a tremendous addition to our law enforcement responsibilities,” said Sullivan. “We have a dedicated team of professional officers at GRDA, and his expertise will only serve to enhance their efforts.”
Sullivan also commended 7-year GRDA veteran Chris Carlson, who has been serving as interim chief of GRDA Law Enforcement.
“Chris has done a great job in this role,” said Sullivan, “and we are very appreciative of his contributions and look forward to his continued service as a member of our law enforcement team.”
GRDA’s law enforcement responsibilities include lake patrols, homeland security functions, public outreach and education. The GRDA Police Department and GRDA Department of Homeland Security provide law enforcement for 70,000 surface acres of lakes in Oklahoma and also work diligently to meet the many security requirements associated with the electric utility industry.
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.
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