For the first time in recent memory, the city of Yukon has an assistant police chief.
Michael Roach began his duties earlier this month.
Roach, who has served with the Oklahoma City Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service, is a lifetime resident of Canadian County, having grown up and graduated in El Reno.
“I’ve never done anything else,” Roach said during a recent interview.
Roach was Yukon Police Chief John Corn’s top choice for the newly created role.
He has the history to back up his duties.
He started in law enforcement in 1970s as a clerk for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, then served as an investigator for the state medical examiner’s office.
In 1977, he applied for the Oklahoma City Police Department, where he spent most of his career.
“I went through all of the levels and most of the departments,” Roach said.
He served as a commander in the patrol division, worked in the detective division and eventually found his way to oversee the department handles drug testing for horses at Remington Park.
Eventually, Roach served as the public information officer for the Oklahoma City Police Department.
He ended his career as the commander at the Hefner Patrol Division. He was a major.
In 2002, Roach was named a U.S. marshal by President George W. Bush. He was nominated by then-Sen. Don Nickles.
He served in that role for nine years.
Most recently, he has been working with the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office, overseeing the Central Oklahoma Metro Interdiction Team. The task force is a combination of officers from the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and the district attorney.
The drug interdiction team focuses on getting drugs off Interstate 35 and Interstate 40, he said.
“I had that position for seven years, then I retired. I couldn’t handle retirement,” Roach said.
“It was great for about the first 90 days.”
Roach said he was retired for a year before heading back into the field.
He said the fact that he already knows several members of the department helped draw him to Yukon.
“It is close to home, and because I knew him (Corn), I had all the respect for him. The Yukon Police Department is very well respected,” he said. “It was the comfort of the people I knew, an administration I knew and being back in law enforcement, which I missed tremendously. And again, it is more of a service to my local area.”
As assistant chief, Roach will over several aspects of the department and will be second in command.
“My biggest goal is to be a benefit to this community. I think I’ve been involved in things in the past because of my association with state and federal agencies. As issues come to Yukon, in the midst of its growth, maybe my experience will be of benefit,” he said. “I want to be an asset.”