OBA Board Member Earns National Certification

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA) recently announced its secretary and board member, Tracey Halley-Terrell, has earned the national certification of Certified Bail Agent (CBA) through the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS). “By completing this certification, Tracey demonstrates her strong commitment to OBA, the bail industry and the people of Oklahoma,” said Ken Boyer, president of OBA. “She …

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Oklahoma Bondsman Association Elects New President, Directors

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA) announced the election of Ken Boyer, Jr., Rochelle Ashcraft and David Koelsch to its board of directors last month. Boyer will succeed Raymond Merrill as OBA board president. Ashcraft and Koelsch will fulfill the roles of NW Director and SE director, respectively, and will represent and manage affairs of OBA within their areas of Oklahoma.  “We are adding three outstanding bondsmen to OBA’s board, each of whom know and care greatly for our industry and clients,” said Raymond …

White Paper on Pre-Trial Release in Oklahoma

Pre-Trial Release in Oklahoma Facing budgetary concerns across the state, many Oklahomans are seeking options for the criminal justice system in an effort to save money and reduce the overcrowding of state prisons and local jails. External interest groups pushing for these changes may not fully understand the risks of current and proposed policies emphasizing pre-trial release as an adequate …

Bondsman Earns National Certification

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA) recently announced its board treasurer, Connie Allbritton, has earned the national certification of Certified Bail Agent (CBA) through the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS).   “Connie demonstrates a strong commitment to OBA, the bail bond industry and all of Oklahoma,” said Raymond Merrill, president of OBA. “By completing this certification, she’s proven her expertise in our industry and has become …

Board Positions up for Election

Two officer positions on the OBA Board of Directors will be up for election during the upcoming June education conferences in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Two candidates are running for president and three are running for southeast director.   Under the OBA bylaws, it is presumed an incumbent will stand for re-election unless they announce their intention not to. The offices of …

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Dionicio Appointed to OBA Board

The Oklahoma Bondsman Association (OBA) recently announced the appointment of Salomon Dionicio to its board of directors. Dionicio will fulfill the role of Northeast Director, representing and managing the affairs of OBA within the northeastern area of Oklahoma.   “Having known Salomon for several years and seeing his work ethic, I know he will provide the leadership we need to continue …

Statement on SB 252

Senate Bill 252, by Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, which would require judges to allow defendants to be released on Own Recognizance (OR) bonds, will be eligible for a full Senate floor vote this week. OBA expressed concerns surrounding language in the bill and is urging legislators to consider all potential ramifications of the bill. “OBA opposes SB 252 by Sen. …

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Statement on Officer-Involved Shooting

On Saturday, Feb. 9, two police officers were shot at a Del City Wal-Mart by a man released on two Own Recognizance (OR) bonds. The Oklahoma Bondsman Association released a statement regarding the incident earlier this week. “Over the weekend, two Oklahoma police officers – one Del City officer and an off-duty officer from Amber – were involved in a …

Applications Open for OBA Board Positions

The nomination period for open OBA board positions has begun. In 2019, the following positions will be up for election: President: Responsible for leading board meetings, acting as the official spokesperson of the organization; providing insight and goals for the future of the organization and bail industry in Oklahoma; reviewing financial status and opportunities; maintaining the ethics and expectations set …

OBA Community Relations

OBA Appoints Community Relations Chairman

The OBA recently announced the appointment of Rodney Floyd as Community Relations Chairman to the board of directors. Floyd of Moore will now manage community outreach, lead community initiatives across Oklahoma, and work to educate local communities and policy makers about the role bondsmen play in the criminal justice system. “Rodney’s passion for the community and our industry is something …