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Feb. 3 retirement day planned for Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks

Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks

Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks

EDMOND — Bob Ricks will retire Feb. 3 as Edmond police chief, a job he has held since Oct. 20, 2003.

“It has been a privilege to work with the finest men and women in law enforcement," Ricks said Tuesday in a statement. "At this time, I feel it's best to let someone else take the reins in leading this wonderful department."

Ricks told The Oklahoman in a 2010 interview he started out having fun as a young federal agent in Southern California in 1969. His career then took him across the world.

He said he has sent the worst kinds of criminals to jail. Public officials, congressmen and police officers also have been locked up because of Ricks.

Ricks served 26 years in federal law enforcement, rising from the position of special agent to special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Oklahoma.

He worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration as chief counsel and senior inspector from 1981 to 1984.

During his career with the FBI, he founded in 1985 the New Jersey Terrorism Task Force, which led to the arrests of domestic terrorists responsible for scores of bombings in the United States.

Ricks supervised the FBI's most widely known undercover operation, “ABSCAM,” which led to the conviction of one U.S. senator and five House members.

He helped lead the U.S. response to the downing of Pan Am 103.

Ricks became a television icon during the Branch Davidian standoff near Waco, Texas.

He was news spokesman and coordinator of negotiators during the two-hour gunbattle that left six Davidians and four Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents dead after agents tried to serve warrants.

Ricks held that position during the 51-day standoff that ended with some 80 people including leader David Koresh being killed when the compound burned.

He was out front again two years later to the day — April 19, 1995 — when a truck bomb destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building, leaving 169 people dead. He was the FBI's agent in charge in Oklahoma.

In September 1995, Ricks was appointed commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and cabinet secretary for safety and security.

He was appointed director of Homeland Security for the state of Oklahoma by Gov. Frank Keating on Feb. 21, 2002.

Ricks was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Diana Baldwin

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