Owasso – February 15, 2021: Owasso Chief of Police Scott Chambless will retire in July after 29 years of public service in law enforcement.
Owasso City Manager Warren Lehr has issued the following statement: “As we are all aware, it is a very difficult time to be in law enforcement. It is truly a noble calling and I very much appreciate Chief Chambless’ 17 years of service to the City of Owasso, first as Deputy Chief, and the last eight years as Chief of Police. The Owasso Police Department has made some great strides under the leadership of Chief Chambless. Crime rates in Owasso have been historically low and OPD equipment, resources, and training are at an all-time high. Officer safety and working conditions are possibly the best they have ever been. We wish Chief Chambless the very best in his future endeavors. Over the past months, we have considered options for the identification and hiring of a new Chief of Police who will provide the best leadership for our department going forward.
Of paramount importance has been consideration of candidates who would best facilitate and continue focus on relationships between our officers, department leadership, and the community. The Owasso Police Department has some of the very best men and women in law enforcement who will undoubtedly provide great leadership well into the future and our primary consideration for selecting a new chief has been the best interests of the women and men who protect and serve the citizens of Owasso and its many visitors and guests.
It is with that singular goal in mind that I am pleased to announce that Dan Yancey has been named as the new Chief of the Owasso Police Department. Chief Yancey is a longtime law enforcement professional who served as Chief of Police for Owasso from 2002 until 2013 when he accepted the position of City Manager in Skiatook, OK. He is well-versed in the mission, vision, and operations of both the Owasso Police Department and the City of Owasso. We are fortunate to welcome Chief Yancey back to Owasso. His leadership experience both here and in Skiatook will be invaluable as he resumes his passion for law enforcement by serving as Owasso’s new and returning Chief of Police.”Chief Yancey will begin duties in June to allow time for a leadership transition.