ROBERT "BOB" WILDER
Year Inducted: 2010Sheriff Robert "Bob" Wilder was born in Oklahoma City on February 15, 1939, graduated from Southeast High School in 1957 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Criminal Justice Administration, all from Oklahoma City University. Bob Wilder continued a family tradition of service by joining the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1960. Bob Wilder quickly rose up through the ranks and was named chief of police in February 1985. He held that position until his retirement in June of 1990.
In October of 1997, Chief Wilder was appointed sheriff of Marshall County, Oklahoma, and still holds that position today. Bob Wilder has received many awards throughout his career. Among them were Federal Bureau of Investigation "Exceptional Service" award, City Managers Leadership Award, and, Republic of China National Police Medal. Wilder is a past president of the Oklahoma Sheriff's and Peace Officers Association, a member of the National Sheriff's Association, a former member of Major Cities Chiefs of Police, and a former president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Bob's father was an Oklahoma City Police Department officer for 35 years, his mother an Oklahoma County Deputy Sheriff for 26 years, and his daughter is currently an Oklahoma City Police Department sergeant. Together, the Wilder family has amassed in excess of 100 years of experience in law enforcement.