Ward named Assistant Commissioner

Department of Public Safety authorities announce today the promotion of Captain Kevin Ward to the position of assistant commissioner for the agency. Commissioner Bob A. Ricks lead the promotional ceremony, praising Ward for his dedication and professional service.

"There is one person more than any in this organization that is directly responsible for the legislative success experienced by the department, and who has been with me from day one of my appointment as commissioner, and that is Kevin Ward," said Ricks.

"Kevin's experience with the highway patrol is indeed a success story. He began his remarkable career as a mansion guard," said Ricks. "He has said he never dreamed it would be possible for him to succeed as he has, but timing is everything. In your career and in life, you must make the most of your possibilities."

Ward was recently honored by the Oklahoma Legislature.

"Our legislators showed their respect for Kevin by honoring him on the house floor with a special commendation," said Ricks. "It is not common to receive a standing ovation, but Kevin did, and it is my great pleasure to honor him here again today."

Ward began his career with the agency as an executive security officer in July 1980 and was accepted as a cadet to the 41st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy in February 1985. Upon graduating from the academy in June 1985 he patrolled the El Reno detachment in Canadian County until 1990 when he was reassigned to the Executive Security Division, providing security for the governor and lieutenant governor and their immediate families.

In August 1991, Ward was promoted to second lieutenant taking charge of the Executive Security Division. In 1994, he attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Upon his return he was assigned to Troop A supervising troopers in Lincoln and Oklahoma Counties. In Novmeber 1995, Ward was assigned to the commissioner's office to conduct a special duty assignment and in August 1996 Ward was reassigned to the commissioner's office and promoted to first lieutenant in November of that same year. As first lieutenant, Ward became the legislative liaison for the agency and after a promotion to the rank of Captain in September 1998, continued to serve in this capacity.

"I would like to thank Commissioner Ricks for this honor," said Ward. "We as an agency are only as strong as our employees, and I look forward to strengthening a tighter bond because I believe the best is yet to come."

Ward is a Bethany native. He graduated from Putnam City West High School and the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He resides in Yukon with his wife Renee and two sons Matthew and Mark.