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Bob Ricks

Bob Ricks

Bob A. Ricks was born in Houston, Texas.  He received his Bachelor degree from Baylor University in 1967, and his Juris Doctorate from Baylor Law School in 1969, where he was an editor for The Baylor Law Review.  He immediately began his law enforcement career, serving over 47 years. In the FBI, he rose from the position of Special Agent to Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI for Oklahoma.  He supervised the FBI's most widely-known undercover operation "ABSCAM," which led to the conviction of one U.S. Senator and six Congressmen.  During his time with the FBI, he was detailed to the Drug Enforcement Administration where he served as Chief Counsel and Senior Inspector.  Also, during his career with the FBI, he founded the New Jersey Terrorism Task Force in 1985, which led to multiple arrests of domestic terrorists responsible for scores of bombings in the United States.  As Deputy Assistant Director, he was responsible for all FBI investigations of domestic and international terrorists.  He was appointed by President Reagan to head up "Operation Goldenrod," which resulted in the first extra-territorial rendition of an international terrorist.  He helped lead the U.S. response to the downing of Pan Am 103.  In 1993, he was the press spokesman and coordinator of negotiators during the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco and served as the initial Incident Commander of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.

In October 1995, Mr. Ricks was appointed Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Cabinet Secretary for Safety and Security.  In 2002, he was appointed the first Director of Homeland Security for the State of Oklahoma by Governor Frank Keating, following the events of 9-11.

Following eight years of service with the Department of Public Safety, Mr. Ricks was hired as the Chief of Police for the City of Edmond in October 2003.  During his tenure with the Edmond Police Department, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.  Under his leadership, the Edmond Police Department was able to build a new state-of-the-art police facility that will serve the needs of Edmond for at least the next 50 years.  He retired from the Police Department this past February after 13 years.

He is an active member of Edmond Noon Rotary where he reads weekly to a second-grade class at Ida Freeman Elementary; is currently President of the Committee of 100; and is a Board Member of the Emergency Responders Assistance Program, which gives assistance to first responders who have experienced traumatic incidents.  He is also serving on the Boards of Directors for the Oklahoma Gold Association and Oak Tree Country Club.  He is a former board member of WINGS, an organization dedicated to building a community for adults with special needs, and a former member of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.  He is a Life Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); and a former Chairman of the Metro Area Chiefs' Association.  Mr. Ricks is also a Ronald Reagan Alumni Association member; Former Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America's Eagle District; is a member of Baylor University's Ex-Lettermen's Association; a member of the Ex-Agents Association of the FBI; and is an Honorary Member of the FBI National Academy Associates.  
Bob has been married to Janis for 33 years, and is the proud father of two married children and five grandchildren.

Deputy Director

Ricky Adams

 Ricky Adams

OSBI - Deputy Director Ricky Adams has been a law enforcement professional for 38 years beginning his career at the municipal level with the Elk City and Edmond Police Departments from 1980-1986, before joining the ranks of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He recently retired as the 26th Chief of the OHP after 32 years of challenging, diversified, and progressively higher levels of responsibilities, serving at every level within the agency to include 31 months as the Assistant Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. Adams was one of the first responders to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and has commanded operations during many of Oklahoma’s natural disasters and large-scale manhunts. He has received many law enforcement awards to include induction into the Elk City Oklahoma Leadership Hall of Fame in 2015.

Notably, US Army Major General (Retired) Ricky Adams is a combat veteran who retired in 2014 after 35 years of service in the Army National Guard. Among his previous assignments are: Deputy Commanding General National Guard, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Assistant Adjutant General – Oklahoma ARNG; Deputy Commanding General - ARNG, Field Artillery Center, Fort Sill; Director-Police Reform Directorate, Kabul, Afghanistan; Deputy Assistant Commandant, United States Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill and Commander of the 45th Field Artillery Brigade. He has received the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, twice and the Bronze Star Medal to name a few and was inducted into the Oklahoma National Guard's Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame in 2014.

Adams holds a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the US Army War College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2016 graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He is also a graduate of the CAPSTONE Program at the National Defense University; National Security Management Course at Syracuse University; JTF Commander Course; Harvard University's Black Sea Security Program and General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, to name a few.

Adams is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and was the former Southern Region Chairman for the State & Provincial Police (S&P) Section. He is also a current member of the Rotary Club, VFW and American Legion of Edmond. He is married to his wife of 39 years, Cathy, and lives in Edmond.

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(405) 848-6724


Bob Harshaw - Division Director, Investigative Services
Bryan Rizzi - Division Director, Administrative Services

Debbie McKinney  - Division Director, Information Services

Forensic Science Center, Edmond
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Andrea Swiech - Division Director, Criminalistics


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