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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Sheriff promotes new jail administrator

Chief Deputy Julie Tipton

Sheriff Blake Green promoted Julie Tipton to chief deputy in charge of jail administration. Previously, Tipton was one of two administrative captains who worked directly under the chief deputy at the Cleveland County Detention Center.

Tipton will fill the vacancy left by Jacob Wheeler who recently took a job with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

“We will miss Jacob Wheeler and wish him well, but we are confident in Chief Tipton’s ability to continue the positive strides the Sheriff’s Office has made in improving jail operations over the last three years,” Sheriff Blake Green said. “Julie Tipton has demonstrated through her innovative ideas, commitment to education and her strong work ethic that she is competent and ready to lead the talented team at the Cleveland County Detention Center.”

Tipton began her career at the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 as an entry-level Receptionist but quickly advanced to Detention Clerk responsible for the current and past records for any individual incarcerated in the facility as well as all paperwork from the courts on sentencing and bond amounts set by a judge.

“I was passionate about what part I could play and began building relationships and becoming affiliated with different court officials,” Tipton said.

In 2012, she took on a new role as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Detention at the current facility which was newly opened at the time.  Initially, in this position, she supervised civilian positions and maintained scheduling and record keeping.

“In 2015, I was offered an opportunity to become commissioned as an Administrative Lieutenant,” Tipton said. “This allowed me to become a certified peace officer by attending and graduating the state peace officer academy. In this academy, you spend four days per week away from your family for approximately four months. At the time, my son was three and after discussion with my husband, we decided it would be a great opportunity for our family.”

With the new position, she continued to supervise the detention clerks and receptionists, but additionally accepted responsibility for programs and classification.

In 2016, she was promoted to Major over the Cleveland County Detention Center, supervising approximately 113 positions at the Detention Center and reporting directly to the Chief of Detention.

In 2017, due to restructuring under Sheriff Todd Gibson, she was assigned as the Administrative Captain at the Detention Center where she supervised approximately 28 commissioned and civilian positions. These subdivisions included Reception, Detention Clerks, Inventory Control, Maintenance, Programs, Analyst, Warrants and Transport. During that time, she attended multiple leadership courses including Leadership in Police Organization’s 120-hour leadership course.

Tipton is currently the highest-ranking female supervisor at the Sheriff’s Office.


2009 Detention Employee of the Year.

Supervised in the Detention Divisions Administration of the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office for nine years. Experience supervising commissioned and non-commissioned personnel. Progressed through the ranks starting in Reception and advancing to the rank of Chief of Detention.

Certified Grant Writer through Grant Writer USA.

International Association of Chiefs of Police - Leadership in Police Organizations.

Basic Instructor Development.

National Incident Management System – Incident Command System 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800.

Council on Law Enforcement, Education, and Training Ada, OK

Basic Certification - Developed basic skills and knowledge for a career in law enforcement.

Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, OK

East Central University, Ada, OK

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