In January 2013, I will begin my 40th year as a police officer; 33 of those years were with the Oklahoma City (OK) Police Department. I was fortunate to serve on the command staff for 14 years and retire as a major in 2009. Prior to my retirement the department went through the CALEA process and became accredited in March 2007. I saw first hand how helpful it was to the department leadership.
In February 2010, I was named police chief in Ardmore, Oklahoma, a city of approximately 25,000 and located halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma City on I-35.