ARDMORE, OK - "So today the City of Ardmore is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Grace as the next police chief for the city of Ardmore," said city manager J.D. Spohn.
He made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, that the current Carter County Sheriff will take over as the new Ardmore police chief in January.
The position has been open since June 18th, when former police chief Keith Mann resigned. Mann and former deputy chief Eric Hamblin had both been placed on paid administrative leave earlier that month as the city of Ardmore reviewed the operations of the department. Hamblin remains on the force as a captain.
Now the department is bringing in new leadership. Grace explained what he thinks he'll bring to the job.
"A lot of experience in both police departments and sheriff's offices," he said.
Specifically, 40 years of experience, some of it as the police chief for the city of Dickson.
But after 6 years of serving as a sheriff he's ready for a change, especially if it means not dealing with the Carter County jail.
"And the more crowded they are the more they cost to run and the more people that get injured in one and the more things happen," Grace said.
Grace will continue serving as Carter County Sheriff until January 2nd, his first day on the job for Ardmore Police. He'll spend the next few months getting familiar with the department.
"He's going to know the landscape, he knows most of our employees, familiar with a lot of the situations and certainly the crimes that we face," said Spohn.
The County Commissioners will appoint the next sheriff within the next few months.That person will serve until an election can be held.