Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks retires from law enforcement
EDMOND — Hundreds of people, many who said Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks touched their lives, turned out to celebrate his retirement from a 47-year law enforcement career.
Ricks, 72, retired Friday as the police chief of Edmond, a job he has held 13 years.
He also served Oklahoma for eight years as state public safety commissioner, safety and security Cabinet secretary and director of Homeland Security.
Ricks spent 26 years with the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration, a tenure that took him around the world working on high-profile cases.
"Promise me next week I won't get a call and you are sheriff," Jim Finch, retired Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in charge of the Oklahoma City division, said as he and Kathryn Peterson, FBI agent in charge of the Oklahoma City division, presented the chief with a bronze statue.
Ricks called the retirement celebration overwhelming.
"I am excited," Ricks said. "I hate to see the end come. I have mixed emotions. I have been blessed in so many ways. All I hope is that I made it a little bit better."
Edmond's motorcycle officers, with red lights and sirens, escorted Ricks and his family from downtown as they left the celebration.
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›