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Miami police chief submits resignation

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2/18/15 PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF MIAMI:

On Monday, February 9, Chief of Police George Haralson tendered his resignation. He will remain with the City until his contract expires on June 30.

"I have enjoyed and appreciate the opportunity to return to my hometown and to contribute my skills, experience and expertise to the Miami Police Department," wrote Haralson. "I have decided that it is time for me to pursue other opportunities for public service."

Soon after Haralson was hired in 2011, he reorganized the structure of the department, gave it a new look with updated uniforms and black and white vehicles, and became more involved with the community. New programs were added, including the Citizen's Police Academy and chaplain program. The Police Department is currently in the process of seeking state accreditation through the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police.

Chief Haralson began his distinguished career in law enforcement at the Joplin Police Department from 1973 through 1975. He served with the Tulsa Police Department for more than 23 years with many notable assignments involving drugs, child pornography, and gang activity. Haralson joined the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office in 1998, serving as Chief Deputy of Operations before accepting the position as Police Chief of Miami in May of 2011. His esteemed service has been honored twice with the Medal of Valor.

City Manager Dean Kruithof expressed his deep appreciation for Haralson's service. "I am sure he will continue to serve Oklahoma with distinction."

According to Human Resource Director Kim Horn, the recruitment process for a new Chief of Police will begin immediately.

 

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