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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Cleveland County gets new undersheriff

DSUndersheriff Kent Ritchie

Sheriff Blake Green recently hired Kent Ritchie to serve as Undersheriff at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. Ritchie started work on Friday, May 1. He will fill the void left when Green was sworn in as sheriff.

Ritchie brings 34 years of experience in public safety to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. He has worked for municipal and state agencies including EMSTAT, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Norman Police Department and Nicoma Park Police Department.

“We are delighted to have someone of Ritchie’s experience join our team,” Sheriff Blake Green said. “As my second in command, he will be an asset in decision making and in mentoring emerging leaders within the agency.”

Green took the oath of sheriff after former sheriff Todd Gibson left to take the job of chief of police at the Moore Police Department. A new sheriff will be elected by voters in November. Green is serving in the interim, but is not running for office.

Ritchie knows public safety from the ground up. He started his career as a communications dispatcher receiving phone calls, determining the appropriate public safety response and directing police and ambulance services as needed for the City of Norman and City of Noble. He also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician/intermediate paramedic for the City of Norman in his early years, responding to emergency medical needs and providing emergency medical care.

“I look forward to this new role,” Ritchie said. “The mission, vision and values of this administration are consistent with the values I have long held as a law enforcement officer. I believe we will continue to do great things at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and I am honored to be a part of this agency.”

During his 27 years with the Norman Police Department, Ritchie held all department classifications: Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and completed his career as the Bureau commander with a rank of Major. That career experience includes every division within the Norman agency.

Ritchie spent the last eight years performing tasks as a District Supervisor for three government contractors, managing a contract with the United States Marshals Service for court security officers for the judicial security branch. Security services included screening of individuals entering federal court by utilizing x-ray, walk through metal detector, hand wands, security within federal court rooms, security also related to United States Attorney offices. He managed the training and the budget for the Western District of Oklahoma, experience that will be of value in his new role as undersheriff, Green said.

Ritchie key career accomplishments:

Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, 217th session, 2004

Oklahoma Governor’s Twenty Firearms Award for top competitors in Oklahoma (six years)

Competed in numerous Police Pistol Competitions, winning many awards for top placements in competitions for twenty years

Competed in the National Rifle Association; National Police Competition for five years

received several awards

Oklahoma Association Chiefs of Police Administrative and Command Staff Training

International Association Chiefs of Police-Leadership Police Organizations training to enhance the leadership skills needed to managed individuals, groups, and organizations

Completion of 4,000 hours of public safety training including: law enforcement ethics, law enforcement administration and management, narcotics command, undercover processes, criminal interdiction, hazardous communications, explosive/booby trap recognition, DUI detection, hostage negotiation, tactical

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