PAUL DAVID “P. D.” TAYLOR
Year Inducted: 2016
Paul David “P. D.” Taylor began a life of service upon joining the United States Army in 1966. After leaving the military, P. D. joined the Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD) in 1968 where he rose to the rank of sergeant.
In 1984 P. D. was elected as president of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge #123. P. D. held that position for 13 years, working tirelessly to improve working conditions and pay for the officers of OCPD.
Through the FOP, he was appointed chairman of the Oklahoma State Legislative Committee. While chairman of this committee, P. D. led the fight for the passage of the current retirement program known as “Plan B” which serves to significantly increase officer’s retirement benefits. P. D. also carried Oklahoma Senate Bill 1173 to passage, which establishes binding arbitration in contract negotiations. P. D. remained with the OCPD until his retirement in 1997 after 28 years of service.
After retiring from the Oklahoma City Police Department, he accepted the position of captain for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. In June of 2003 P. D. was appointed undersheriff, the position he currently holds.
As the undersheriff, P. D. is second in command of an organization with approximately 1,000 employees and assists with the oversight of a dentition facility with an average daily inmate population of 2,500.
P. D. remains an active member of FOP Lodge #123, the Oklahoma Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association, the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association, and the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police.
P. D. currently serves on the Oklahoma County Retirement Board, the Conditional Bond Board, the Drug Court Board, the Community Sentencing Board, the ABLE Commission, and the Planning Commission for Leadership Oklahoma City.
He is currently in his 19th year of service with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and his 48th year in law enforcement!