Following A Controversy, Nelson Named Chief at School

Following a months-long search that followed a racial-tinged controversy involving the Oklahoma City University Police Department, the school announced recently that it has hired its first Black police chief.

Maj. Dexter Nelson of the Oklahoma City Police Department was named OCU’s police chief.
He will assume the post on March 1.

Maj. Nelson’s appointment after an allegation of racial profiling resulted in the resignations in September of the police chief and a police lieutenant.

Retired Oklahoma City Chief Bill Citty has been serving as the school’s police director and interim chief.
Chief Citty retired from his Oklahoma City post in May.

He took the interim position in October.
“Dexter Nelson has demonstrated an openness and willingness to engage the people he serves, while
providing strong leadership,” Mr. Citty said.

Maj. Nelson began his career 33 years ago, having joined the Oklahoma City department in 1987.

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