Chief Deputy Michelle Robinette began her career at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in July of 1995. From policy writing, supervising Court Guards and Patrol deputies, to creating and implementing policies, new programs and projects for the Sheriff’s Office, Chief Robinette has worked in most of the TCSO Departments.
In 1997, as a Corporal, Chief Robinette served on the Transition Team tasked with the design of the DLM Facility and implementation of the Direct Supervision philosophy. In 2005, Robinette served as an Administrative Captain as TCSO took charge of running the daily operations of the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center. In 2008, Michelle was promoted to Chief Deputy and assigned as the Jail Administrator to the jail she originally helped design.
Currently, Chief Robinette is overseeing the improvements being made at DLM. She is tasked with the design and construction oversight of the new mental health housing units and she is also charged with creating a diversionary program for individuals suffering from mental illness and substance abuse.
In January 2016, during a transformation period for the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Michelle became the first female Undersheriff, and also became the first female Sheriff of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. Michelle held this title until April 11, 2016, when the newly elected Sheriff took office.
Chief Robinette's knowledge of law enforcement policy and procedure and detention principles has enabled her to obtain numerous credentials, including Certified Corrections Executive through the American Correctional Association and Certified Jail Manager through the American Jail Association. Michelle has also served on the National level as an Assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and is currently working with the American Correctional Association as an Auditor for detention facilities and serves on their Standard Committee. Most recently, Chief Robinette completed the process to become a certified PREA Auditor for the Department of Justice.
Chief Robinette has attended extensive training such as the Executive Excellence course offered by the National Institute of Corrections, the Developing Executive Leaders in Law Enforcement offered by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations, and the School of Police Supervision, hosted by Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. Chief Robinette holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and is a proud graduate of the 248th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy.