Year Inducted: 2012

Clayton Johnson was born in 1961, and began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Officer with the Ponca City Police Department in 1981. In 1986 he became a full time Police Officer with the Ponca City Police and went on to serve for 24 years retiring as the Chief of Police in 2010. During his tenure he initiated one of the first Citizen Police Academy and Youth Police Academy classes with the formats becoming models for other departments. As Chief he oversaw the formation of the Ponca City Police Foundation Trust establishing a partnership with local businesses to promote public safety in the Ponca City area. Chief Johnson oversaw the Ponca City Police Department's accreditation and was a strong advocate for community policing having initiated the Westside Community Policing Project which was a finalist for the 2001 IACP Community Policing Award. Additionally, he initiated the Extra Eyes police volunteer program. Johnson advocated training for all law enforcement personnel and worked with the State Legislature on training issues such as raising the basic training hours and standards, decreasing the amount of time a new officer can work before obtaining certification and building of a new state training facility in Ada. Chief Johnson served on the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) from 1999-2010. Chief Johnson was appointed by the President as the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 2010. He currently serves in that capacity. Clayton Johnson's career focused on advancing professionalism in law enforcement through training and innovative programs which enhanced interaction with the community. Johnson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Leadership Oklahoma, is an active member in the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, Oklahoma Sheriff and Peace Officers Association, FBINA and has served as an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice programs at the University of Oklahoma and Northern Oklahoma College at Tonkawa. He is married to his wife Nancy.

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