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Oklahoma Highway Patrol

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma law enforcement agency is saying goodbye to its chief.

On Monday, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announced that Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Ricky Adams is retiring.

“It has been an honor and great privilege to have led the state’s premiere law enforcement agency. As a team we have made remarkable progress, overcome tremendous obstacles, bled together, and stood together through triumph and tragedy, all while providing quality service to the citizens of Oklahoma. I will always treasure my service to DPS and as the Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will remain a proud part of who I am as my time here comes to close,” Chief Adams said.

Effective Dec. 1, Michael S. Harrell will be promoted to chief.

Harrell has been a member of OHP since 1995 and has served as a troop commander for several units across the state.

“I am equally humbled and excited by the opportunity bestowed upon me by the Commissioner,” Harrell said. “I look forward to promoting his vision for the Department of Public Safety and continuing our long history of serving the citizens of the great State of Oklahoma.”