Sheriff Chris Amason
Sheriff Chris Amason was elected On Nov. 3, 2020 and took the oath of office on Monday, Nov. 9 to serve as the 26th Sheriff of Cleveland County.
A veteran Norman Police commander, Sheriff Amason came into the office with over 25 years of distinguished public service.
Amason earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Administration at Mid-America Christian University. He is currently working to obtain his master’s degree. He holds an Advanced Law Enforcement certification, has completed the IACP Leadership in Law Enforcement course and is a graduate of the DEA’s Drug Unit Commander Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Amason has been a certified peace officer in the State of Oklahoma since 1993. He started his law enforcement career with the Warr Acres Police Department from November of 1992 until July of 1998, where he was one of the first responders to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.
Amason joined the Norman Police Department in July of 2000 and retired as a Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, a position that put him in charge of roughly 50 personnel and a $3 million annual budget.
With vast experience involving critical incidents, Amason has supervised and managed over a dozen homicide investigations and ten officer-involved shooting investigations in the course of his career, experience which allows him to lead the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office with full confidence.
During his career, Amason participated in several specialty areas as an officer to include the pistol, SWAT, and bike teams. He is a certified Drug Recognition Expert and was the impaired driving enforcement commander. Amason is the department's subject matter expert for the National Incident Management System - Incident Command System. He has used these skills for multiple natural disasters in Cleveland County (including the 2010 and 2013 tornadoes).
Throughout his law enforcement career, Amason has received many awards and commendations including being named to the Governor’s 20 several times while a member of the NPD pistol team. This award recognizes the top 20 law enforcement shooters in the state. Amason also received the police commendation bar with risk for disarming an armed suicidal father.
Amason and his wife, Amber, who owns a local professional photography business, met in 2003 and reside in Norman, where they have three children.
We believe in inspiring positive success by transforming one life at a time.
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office exists to courageously protect by standing between good and evil while we compassionately serve by putting others before ourselves. By doing so we seek to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all persons.
INTEGRITY — Doing the right thing while simultaneously being accountable.
TRANSPARENCY — Openly displaying our stewardship of the people’s office.
RELATIONSHIPS — People matter and partnerships increase effectiveness.
HUMILITY — Accurately assessing ourselves as we stay grounded.
INNOVATION — Continuously seeking opportunities to improve.