The City of Glenpool welcomed new faces to two key positions this month. James (Jim) Martin, Jr. was hired as Glenpool Chief of Police and James McHendry was hired as City Planner for Glenpool earlier this month. Both men bring many years of experience to their roles.
Martin began his more than 30 year law enforcement career as a military police officer, and spent many years with the Lawrence, KS police department before becoming Undersheriff of Douglas County, KS in 2013. “I absolutely believe that being engaged with the community is important for building a strong relationship between the citizens and their law enforcement officers. Some communities tend to view their law enforcement officers as outsiders – bridging that gap shows the community that officers are not just there to enforce the laws and maintain order; they also live, raise their families, volunteer with organizations, and work to make their community a great place for everyone,” Martin said. Martin will be on hand to meet members of the public at the Conversations with the City meeting to be held Thursday, Jan. 24th, at 6:30pm at the Glenpool Public Library.
McHendry may be a familiar name to Tulsa area residents because he served in the planning departments for Tulsa and Broken Arrow in the past. McHendry’s career has taken him from Fayetteville, AR to Seattle, WA and from transportation to environmental to urban planning. He looks forward to using his experience to help facilitate positive changes in both the built and natural environments in Glenpool. Glenpool City Manager David Tillotson said that the staff and city council are glad to have two highly qualified and experienced people joining the team. “I’m confident both Jim and James will be welcome additions to their respective departments and will be part of a bright future for Glenpool,” he said.
Martin holds bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas and numerous professional development certifications including one from the FBI National Academy. McHendry earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Oklahoma State University and a master’s in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma.