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Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty to retire

Post Date:01/24/2019 9:21 AM

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty is retiring effective May 2.

“The Police Department has allowed me to engage a diverse and committed group of community leaders consisting of CEOs to neighborhood presidents, elected officials and other law enforcement agencies who want to make our community a safe place to live with a quality of life every person deserves,” said Citty. “The women and men of the Police Department, sworn and non-sworn, have inspired me every day with their ability to be tough but also compassionate, calm during chaos and patient with people in crisis.”

Citty announced his retirement Thursday in a letter to City Manager Craig Freeman.

“Chief Citty has been a leader in our Police Department for 41 years, and we’re grateful for his service,” said Freeman. “He’s done an admirable job leading our officers through the fast pace of change in 21st century police work. We’re proud of the work he’s done with the rest of our leadership team and the community to build the trust and confidence our residents have in local law enforcement.”

Citty became an Oklahoma City police officer in 1977. After starting his career as a patrol officer, he investigated narcotics and homicides, served as a campus resource officer and on the tactical unit, led the Public Information Office and was Deputy Chief over the Administration Bureau before becoming the 48th Police Chief in October 2003.

Citty is a lifelong Oklahoma City resident and a graduate of Northwest Classen High School. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, National Executive Institute and the Federal Emergency Management Institute.

Citty’s family includes his wife Susan, children Collin, Katie and Ryan, and granddaughter Lilly.

The City Manager hires the Police Chief, who reports to one of the three Assistant City Managers. Assistant City Manager M.T. Berry supervises the Police Chief and oversees the Police Department. Berry is retiring effective March 7, and a successor has not yet been named.

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