Oklahoma agency appoints interim director

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has appointed a new interim director.

The Oklahoman reports that Bob Ricks was named to the position Tuesday. The retired law enforcement leader was appointed after the OSBI commission voted 5-1 to accept the resignation of 57-year-old Stan Florence.

Florence stepped down after more than seven years as director following an investigation into employee complaints that he was an ineffective leader. He’ll return to his previous position as an inspector for the bureau.

Ricks retired a year ago after serving more than 13 years as Edmond police chief. He also has served as commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

The 73-year-old began his law enforcement career almost 50 years ago with the FBI.

The bureau primarily assists other law enforcement agencies with investigating crimes, officer-involved shootings, suspicious deaths and jail deaths.