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Meet Your Sheriff


Sheriff Kevin Woodward

I was born in Oklahoma City in 1967. I earned my Associates Degree from Oklahoma State University OKC in May 1993. During my education at OSU, I made the Deans list multiple times and the Presidents list of Distinguished Student in May 1992. I went on to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Oklahoma. Also achieving the Deans list while at UCO. I married my wife in 2009 and have two children Lindsey and Steven.

I started my Public Service Career in 1994 as a Dispatcher/Jailer in Logan County. I quickly rose up through the ranks. I always took on extra responsibilities during my career. One example of this was when I was a dispatcher, I took over the Sheriff’s Office Financial Ledgers. Another example was when I was a deputy, I constructed a new evidence room and revamped the evidence process.

I was promoted to Undersheriff in December 2000. As Undersheriff of Logan County, I was the director of over 60 employees. I lead the Detention Center, Dispatch Center, Road Deputies, Reserve Deputies, Purchasing and Evidence/Property room. I was the director of technology and moved Logan County from paper logs to computers in the vehicles. I worked with local Police Departments to establish the Logan County Multijurisdictional SOR (Special Operations Response) team, in which, I was the Team Leader until I left in 2009. In 2006 I was instrumental in the construction of the new 166 bed Detention Center. I received my Advanced CLEET certification in February 2007.

In January 2009 I moved to Payne County Sheriff’s Office as the rank of Captain. I was the Division Commander of the Deputies. I continued to take on other responsibilities to improve the quality of service to the public. When I arrived, Payne County was using Microsoft Word and Excel to do their radio logs and reports. No information was shared within the Sheriff’s Office, so if someone was arrested and booked into the jail, they would have to be entered two times. The deputies would type their reports and print them off, just to be scanned back in to a database by administrative staff. They would have to retype the name of suspect and victim into the database. This was very inefficient and time consuming. I was able to modernize the process to keep from the double entry. This got the deputies back in the field much quicker.

I implemented a new computer system called ODIS (Offender Data Information System) that now ties all departments within the Sheriff’s Office together. Not only did it connect all the departments but connected Payne County to all agencies that are connected to ODIS.

In October 2016, I was promoted to Undersheriff. As Undersheriff, I supervised around 100 employees. I lead the Detention Center, 911 Center, Road Deputies, Investigations, Purchasing Division, and I was the Director of Technology. I believe that all county agencies get more done when they work together. I currently sit on the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations ODIS board, the Community Sentencing Committee for Payne County and sit as Co-Chair on the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Association Technology Board.

Sheriff Hauf retired September 1, 2019 and with his recommendation, I was appointed unanimously by the Payne County Commissioners as Sheriff. Shortly after my appointment I was able to build a new Investigations Division Office. I used administrative staff and inmate labor to be very cost effective. I then built a new Dispatch Supervisors office and Warrants Division Office. Two of the most important projects I have taken on since my appointment is the deployment of in-car and body worn cameras and contracting with a company to redo the Sheriff’s Office Policy and Procedure manual.