Gary D. Roe, the current police chief at McLoud, is announcing he will be a Democratic candidate for Pottawatomie County sheriff.
Roe, 46, was born in Shawnee to Don and Sandy Roe. He’s spent all but three years of his life here.
He graduated from Bethel High School in 1979 and attended Seminole State College is the early 1990s. He and his wife of 21 years, Teresa, have two sons: Cody, 19, who attends college, and Cory, age 10.
Previously, he worked and gained experience in management. In 1999, he said he decided he wanted to give back to his community and became a reserve police officer.
“I soon realized that this is what I was created to do,” he said, and started a new career in 2000. He became certified with C.L.E.E.T. — Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training — and began working as a full-time police officer in McLoud. In 2003, he was appointed chief of police in McLoud and is proud of how the department has advanced under his leadership for the past five years.
He wants to continue his work on a larger scale as Pottawatomie County sheriff.
“I believe in proactive law enforcement,” Roe said. “If elected sheriff, I will be attentive to the needs of the entire county and its citizens. Using proven leadership skills, I will work to improve communication and cooperation between county, state and local agencies.”
He said he believes that teamwork is the key to solving problems and reducing crime.
“I have, and will continue to have, an open-door policy. I will be assessable to the citizens of Pottawatomie County. I am a working chief, and I will be a working sheriff,” Roe said.
Law enforcement is something Roe has always wanted to do. While he enjoys working as the chief at McLoud, he thinks he can do more as the sheriff.
Roe, who lives in the Bethel Acres area, said if he becomes sheriff, the department “will be committed to providing the highest quality of service to the public we serve.”
His mission statement is that he will dedicated to improving quality of life and will “work in partnership with county, state and local authorities to provide a high degree of effective and efficient public safety.”
Roe has a long list of goals if he becomes sheriff, including:
• Working to maximize county manpower through resource management, strategic scheduling, increased visibility and the establishment of community patrol tactics.
• Dramatically improving the county’s radio system, especially in the southern part of the county. Roe said this must be accomplished to increase response times and to improve both officer and citizen safety.
• Working to establish a county-wide crime and drug interdiction squad and establishing official mutual aid agreements with other agencies in the county.
• Working with Countywide Enhanced 911 administration and staff to improve radio communication between all agencies to ensure proper communication.
• Working with administrators and staff of the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center to prepare for emergency situations.
• Working to improve the county vehicle patrol fleet by implementing a strict and comprehensive fleet management and maintenance program, which will effect better response time and will be a wise use of funds.
“I look forward to the challenge of making our county a better place for all of us — a place we can certainly be proud to call home,” he said. For more on Roes’s background and goals, go online to
The official three-day filing period for sheriff’s candidates to file declarations of candidacy will be held June 2-4.