Marietta gets new police chief

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

MARIETTA, Okla. - After five months of searching, the city of Marietta finally has a new police chief. It took city leaders an hour and a half in executive session to come to their decision.

The City Council approved the hiring of 51-year old Linda Johnson. Johnson recently retired after working 20-years in Ontario, California, as both an officer and a sergeant.

She says she's now ready to take on the challenge as Marietta's new chief.

“I feel back at home. Police work is my first love, and I've been retired for a year. I’m ready to get back in go back to my love," Johnson says.

No word yet on when Johnson will be sworn in as chief.


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  • by Tmmy Location: Marietta on Apr 12, 2008 at 10:19 AM
    It's about time Marietta gets someone in with some sence and experience. Marietta citizens won't have to be embarrised when we hit the news, because the chief is compatent and very knowledgeable.Good luck Johnson and hope your husband runs for Love County Sherriff. Then we could PROUDLY say where from LOVE COUNTY.
  • by Dexter Location: Ontario on Apr 6, 2008 at 07:03 PM
    Marietta, you are getting one of our best! You will love her as much as we did in Ontario.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    IM GLAD FOR HER GRISHAM WONT LAST HE WANTED PLUNKETT SO BAD HE WAS UP HIS REAR END I THINK IT S FUNNY BECAUSE PLUNKETT THOUGHT HE HAD IT.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Marietta on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:41 PM
    I hope this new police chief doesn't think she can run the Marietta Police Department like a big California city police department. All the local police, including "the county boys" are a bunch of idiots with absolutely no people skills and no idea what law and order is all about. I say fire them all and start over. She sure has her work cut out for her. She will need to learn Marietta/Love County politics quickly if she wants to last.
  • by naoma Location: marietta on Mar 16, 2008 at 09:45 AM
    Yes,it is about time they got rid of the "buddy system" in marietta, and got a person with real knowledge,experience, no favoritisms. works well with people,loves here work, does a lot of good for the community in which she works.with the new chief, mayor, and new council we can really become a city we can be proud of. and yes she could share a lot of her knowelege with the sherrifs dept, if they are ready to do good for the county of love..you guessed it the reason i know all of these things about her is i have seen her in action and i am the proud mother of linda johnson. her dad would have love to have been here but will be with her always, cheering her on "YOU GO SISSEY".
  • by Rosemary Location: Roanoke on Mar 16, 2008 at 09:25 AM
    I am very happy with the decission to hire Linda Johnson as the chief of police for Marietta, not only because of her gender but her years of experience working with a much large community. Her skills and knowledge will be an asset for the town of Marietta....Congrats Mrs. Johnson !
  • by melissa on Mar 13, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    well im thankful for the new chief i was praying they did not hire plunkett he a hatefull man and very unfriendly. so the woman is the way to go
  • by Stephanie Location: Bonham on Mar 12, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    I hope she works out. Marietta is so clickish. Time will tell. They needs someone that knows what they are doing. Because the Sheriff's office sure doesn't. AHAHHAHAA now that is funny, I don't care who you are.
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