JD Younger is Edmond's new police chief
EDMOND — Edmond's new police chief, JD Younger, said he is a big believer in community policing.
"During my tenure as police chief, my goal will be to champion the delivery of police services through a community policing philosophy," said Younger, 47.
"It is my belief that there are six fundamental partners required for community policing to be successful."
He named residents, businesses, elected officials, the media, other agencies and police.
Younger was sworn in as chief on Monday in front of representatives of each of those groups, he pointed out before taking the oath from Municipal Judge Diane Slayton.
Younger takes the head law enforcement officer job after Bob Ricks, who retired Feb. 3 after 13 years as chief.
"I appreciate Chief Ricks being here," Younger said. "I think about the investment he has made in this community in the last 13 years, and the bar that you set so high in professionalism."
Younger, who was with the Norman Police Department for 23 years, said he is excited and humbled to be Edmond's new chief over a force of 159 personnel, including 120 officers.
He will be making $144,385 a year as chief of a department with an annual budget of $19.3 million, City Manager Larry Stevens said.
Younger's wife, Stephanie, and their children, Kayden, 16, Jacob, 13, and Mason, 10, witnessed the swearing-in ceremony. His parents, Deborah and Gerald Younger, of Norman, and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Janiece and Steve Dowdy, of Goldsby, also were there.
He was chosen from 100 applicants, a list that was narrowed to four finalists.
Younger has served the Norman Police Department in patrol, criminal investigations, staff services and narcotics. His most recent responsibility, as a major, included three patrol divisions and uniform support. He has advanced training in systems management and organizational leadership.
Younger holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in law enforcement administration.
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 ›