, Muskogee, OK

Local News

May 7, 2013

Tahlequah's new police chief starts work

He's sworn in with other town officials

— TAHLEQUAH — Saying he was ready for the challenges ahead, Tahlequah’s new police chief was sworn in Monday.

Nate King was elected in April, replacing Clay Mahaney, who had been the police chief since 2009.

King was sworn in along with:

• Ward I councilor Diane Weston.

• Ward II councilor Charles Carroll.

• Street Commissioner Mike Corn.

• City Clerk Deb Corn.

“We’re focusing on serving our city,” King said.

Changes — although nothing too extreme — will be on the way, King said.

“There will be a redistribution of manpower in the near future,” he said. “But that’s a ways away.”

King’s first official day as the chief was packed with meetings and included a mandatory officers’ meeting at noon as well as the city council meeting Monday evening.

“We’re going to be talking about our vision for the department,” he said.

King campaigned on maintaining a sustainable vision and direction for the department as well as improving officer morale.

King said the department had vacancies for one lieutenant, one dispatcher and one clerk. The lieutenant position must be filled from within.

“I’ve been working with the (Fraternal Order of Police) on updated promotion procedures,” King said. “One of my first steps is being accountable myself. It’s for me to follow a set of rules.”

Numerous members of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office as well as the District 27 District Attorney’s Office attended the ceremony.

“The law enforcement community was well-represented here today,” King said.

“I look forward to serving Tahlequah,” he said. “And hopefully in four years, they’ll think I did a good job.”

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or

Text Only
Local News
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

     View Results
Featured Ads

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.