After having many issues between the city of Olney and their police chief, the city has officially named their new head of the department.
The long issue between the city and it’s police department started when Chief Barry Roberts was fired for alleged official misconduct. Then-interim Chief Robert Cross who replaced Roberts was forced to resign after being charged with making lewd propositions to a woman.
Conny Clay has been referred to as the chief civilian police administrator for about five months as he finished his certifications since replacing Cross, but now he has finished his certifications and was named the new lead man Monday evening during the city council meeting.
“Hoping to start turning the department around to the professional department that I want to see it. Building the relationship with others, sheriff offices, other PD’s around. I believe we all have to work together in order to survive these times,” said Chief Clay.
Chief Clay knows he has to regain the trust of the community that was lost over a year ago.
Chief Clay says his first goal as the new chief is to get more full-time police officers. They are currently at two and he would like to have five full-time officers.
Clay spent more than 25 years with the Shawnee, Oklahoma police department and most recently spent six years as chief of the Choctaw police department.