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OKC appoints interim police chief


Oklahoma City officials on Wednesday named an interim police chief who will succeed longtime Chief Bill Citty on Thursday.

Deputy Chief Jeff Becker will lead the Oklahoma City Police Department while city officials continue to look for a permanent replacement for Citty, who announced his retirement in January after heading the department for 15 years. Citty's retirement goes into effect Thursday.

Becker started with the department in 1988 and has worked a number of jobs, including at the former city jail, the Oklahoma County jail, the department’s crime scene unit and training and recruitment office, among other positions.

Becker currently oversees the Investigations Bureau. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and of the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

Citty began with the department in 1977 and worked as a patrol officer and a narcotics and homicide investigator among other positions. He worked as a public information officer in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing and was named chief in October 2003.