The Pryor Times


February 15, 2014

Locust Grove police chief steps down

PRYOR, OK — Locust Grove Police Chief Wade Henderson offered to step down as chief in a special meeting at noon on Friday. The Board of Trustees accepted the decision, but voted to keep Henderson as an officer, assigning him patrol duties.

Henderson had been under fire after former trustee Martha Pierce called for his removal last year.

At the October meeting, Pierce accused Henderson of “behavior unbecoming of a police officer.”

Pierce said Henderson did “burn-outs” in police vehicles, failed to complete police reports in a timely manner and abused timecard privaleges. No action was taken.

Pierce was later removed from the board due to excessive absences.

Henderson will remain with the department, serving as a patrol officer at a wage of $15.50 per hour. He is also allowed a “take home” police cruiser.

The change is effective upon the new chief’s hire date.

Trustees then approved the hire of Chris Edwards as police chief. Edwards is currently an officer with

the Wagoner Police Department.

Edwards is a full-time CLEET certified police officer, a criminal investigator and has completed the certification required for a police chief position with nine years experience.

Edwards will receive $16 per hour and will be reviewed by the board in 60 days. He will begin on Feb. 24.


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