Between leading advancements in his office by implementing updated report writing software and mobile CAD software in all patrol units, as well as improving safety for deputies by ensuring they all have body armor, there are many reasons why Sheriff Tony Head was awarded Sheriff of the Year at the 2023 OSA Conference. In addition, he has also provided new patrol vehicles, sidearms with optics and new deputies in the field. Finally, he has been able to give raises to the staff, making the Sheriff’s office the highest paid law enforcement agency in the county.
State Representative JJ Humphries wrote his support as well, stating, “I have known Sheriff Head for over 35 years and known him to have exceptional leadership, dedication, and unwavering commitment to our community’s safety and well-being. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with him throughout his career as a City Police Officer, Assistant Police Chief, Chief of Police, and now in his current position as County Sheriff.
During his time in the office, the Sheriff has consistently shown resourcefulness in tackling the unique challenges encountered by our rural law enforcement agencies. He strives to enhance public safety and foster positive relationships between law enforcement and the community. The Sheriff takes the time to understand the concerns of our residents and works tirelessly to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. His open-door policy and willingness to listen have earned him the trust and respect of citizens and colleagues.
I wholeheartedly endorse him for the Sheriff of the Year award. His unyielding commitment to law enforcement and to the well-being of our community serves as a true testament to his dedication. I am confident that his exceptional leadership, integrity, and deep-rooted connection to our community make him the ideal candidate for this prestigious honor.”
Speaker of The House Charles McCall wrote, “It is with great enthusiasm and without reservation that I recommend this Sheriff, for the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association’s 2023 selection for Sheriff of the Year. For the past decade, this Sheriff has served our community with honor and distinction and is the caliber of leader you will find to be worthy of this prestigious recognition.
He exemplifies the grit and finesse required in this modern era of law enforcement. He is a trusted partner to stakeholders in both our county and across the state who find him to be approachable, collaborative, and one who will always confront challenging situations with a problem-solving attitude.”
Countless Oklahomans have relied upon the experience of this Sheriff. His wisdom has allowed him to navigate ever-changing situations that have faced the community and its institutions. His leadership and guidance are respected by his colleagues and appreciated by the citizens of his County.
His Undersheriff Tony Taylor added “In addition to the advancements Sheriff Head has made for our agency, he has also served Sheriffs across the state with honesty and integrity as the Oklahoma Sheriffs Association Southeast Board Member since 2015.”