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Monday, January 13, 2020, 7:25 PM

Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier talks to members of the Tulsa media after Fort Gibson town council hired him as the town's new police chief just now.

Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier will resign his post as the county’s top law enforcement officer to become police chief in the town of Fort Gibson after the town council hired him just now.

He will fill the job left vacant by Donnie Yarbrough, whose accusations of sexual assault and harassment got the town sued.

Frazier said this move is right for his family.

Frazier unseated then-incumbent Charles Pearson in June of 2016 to become sheriff. County commissioners will be tasked with appointing his replacement.

UPDATE, 8:57 P.M.: Frazier just sent the following press release:

County Commissioners and Citizens of Muskogee County,

As of January 31, 2020, I will be resigning my position as Muskogee County Sheriff. It has been an honor to be one of your Muskogee County elected officials. It has been a privilege to work with a great group of men and women. I am leaving the Sheriff’s Office in good hands with Undersheriff Terry Freeman, Chief Deputy Michael Mahan, and the rest of the command staff. I know the employees there will continue to work hard and keep it running in a professional manner.

While serving as your Sheriff, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office has purchased a new fleet of vehicles, computers and GPS in every vehicle, new ballistic vests for all field deputies (full time and reserve), duty issued Glock 19 handguns, new uniforms for deputies and jail staff, raised employee wages, built a drone program with FAA certified pilots, and built a secured vehicle storage lot. All of this was done on a limited budget, with the help of the County Commissioners, and with federal and state funds through multiple grants we have received.

We have provided better training to the employees. We increased the patrol presence by adding more deputies and placing deputies in strategic areas throughout the county for better and quicker coverage. We have teamed with other local, state, and federal agencies to help combat the drug problem in Muskogee County which has led to two of the largest drug investigations in Muskogee County history.

We have made Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office a professional organization, and one if not the best, Sheriff’s Office in the state of Oklahoma. We have made Muskogee County a better and safer place to live and raise your family. In closing I would like to thank the employees of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and professionalism. I would also like to thank everyone who played a part in electing me as your Muskogee County Sheriff. I wish Muskogee County the best of luck.

God Bless You All, Muskogee County Sheriff Rob Frazier

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