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Commissioner named new Oklahoma Highway Patrol chief

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A new chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has been named.

Officials announced that Assistant Commissioner Ricky Adams will replace Col. Kerry Pettingill as the 26th Oklahoma Highway Patrol chief.

Adams will take the reigns at a 9 a.m. ceremony on Friday at the DPS headquarters.

Adams served as the assistant commissioner of the Department of Public Safety for the past 31 months and has held every rank within the patrol.

Adams said, "I'm extremely honored at being asked to serve in this capacity. Growing up in western Oklahoma, I got to know some of our local troopers very well through church and our high school. I had the opportunity to attended the Cadet Lawman Academy between my junior and senior year in high school. It was during that time that I decide law enforcement was my calling and being a trooper my goal. Now, being asked to lead the very organization that so greatly influenced me as a young man is very humbling."

He has served in law enforcement for over 33 years, working with the Elk City and Edmond Police Departments before joining the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1986.

Adams is also a veteran who has served with the Oklahoma Army National Guard for over 35 years.

He currently holds the rank of U.S. Army Major General and is assigned as the Deputy Commanding General for the National Guard.

Adams has received the Legion of Merit award twice and the Bronze Star.