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May 10, 2014

Muskogee police lieutenant retires, joins BIA in Montana

Lt. Bryan Stark said he is sad to be leaving his friends and colleagues in Muskogee but is looking forward to the next chapter in his life.

A retirement party was held Friday for Stark, who has been employed the Muskogee Police Department since March 1992.

During his career with the police department, Stark has worked as a school resource officer, in patrol,  investigations and the special investigations divisions. Most recently, he was in the K-9 division.

Stark was born in Muskogee, and graduated from Hilldale High School and Northeastern State University.

He is married to Christina, and is the father of two — Kenzie, 5, and Aubrey, 3.

All of his law enforcement career has been with the Muskogee Police Department, he said.

 Stark considers the six years working in the special investigations division among the highlights of his career. During that time, hundreds of warrants were served and officers “put a whole bunch of folks in jail that needed to be in jail,” he said.

“Probably the darkest time in my career was when I had a professional hit put out on me,” he said.

The men were trying to keep Stark from testifying at an upcoming trial, he said.

“It was a pretty rough time in my career,” he said. “Knowing that these guys were trying to kill me.

Both men are now serving federal prison terms.

Stark will soon be moving and will begin a new career in law enforcement by working with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Billings, Mont.

He said he appreciates Police Chief Rex Eskridge and members of Muskogee City Council for donating his K-9 partner of two and a half years, Egon, to him after his service.

“The city of Muskogee and the police department gave me a good career, and I want to thank them for all the opportunities they gave me during my career to provide for me and my family.” he said.

Reach Anita Reding at (918) 684-2903 or areding@muskogeephoenix.com.

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