New police chief chosen for Mounds Police Department

MOUNDS, Okla. - The town of Mounds, Okla. has hired a new chief of police.

Timothy McDaniel was approved by the Mounds City Council and Mayor Aaron Veale approved an offer of employment Nov. 3.

McDaniel, a former Pawnee County deputy sheriff and Jenks police officer, is being sworn in Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the city council meeting.

McDaniel fills a position left vacant by former Chief Chad Long, who was charged in July of embezzlement.

Long and Deputy Chief Jerry Grafton both admitted to each taking $5,000 from a purse left at a store parking lot in November 2010, according to court records.

The purse, which was turned over to police, reportedly contained an estimated $40,000, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Less than half the money was transferred to the Creek County District Attorney's Office, according to court records.

Both men were let go from the department and retired Tulsa Officer Bob Randolph was named acting chief.

The search for a new police chief  yielded 30 applicants from five states.

In an emailed statement, Veale said, "We are extremely grateful to Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz & his Human Resources Unit for taking on the task of conducting the hiring process... The Town of Mounds would also like to thank Officer Bob Randolph Tulsa Police Department (Retired) for taking on the task of filling in as acting chief until the selection process was completed."

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