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Muskogee announces new police chief

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 23:21:19-04

A new leader's in charge of one of our Green Country Police Departments - but not without controversy and some concerns.

For more than 30 years, Muskogee's new Police Chief Johnny Teehee has patrolled this community.

But with this new position -- he is going to be scrutinized and questioned about every decision he makes or has made in the past.

Reporter: "Is there anything in your personal file that anyone would want to see? Could you show it to us?"
Teehee: "There's nothing in it to see. I've been the deputy chief for 15 years, so I've been in this position second to the chief for that long and there's nothing there,"

One thing not everyone is happy about is him not living in the city limits -- but the new chief has an answer for those concerns.

"I'll spend many many hours in Muskogee on all days of the week," Teehee said. "I'm the type of supervisor that likes to get out at night and just be apart of what's going on,"

Another move that will be under the microscope will be the relationship with Muskogee's NAACP.

"With today's selection it gives us great pause," Muskogee NAACP President Reverend Rodger Cutler said.

Cutler's group has worked to create a diversity program to hire more minority officers after a grandmother was pepper sprayed nearly two years ago.

"We will always work to seek justice and equality," Cutler said. "That drum we will never stop beating,"

Chief Teehee starts on July 13 and plans to bring back a program where police officers coach kids from low-income communities.


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