Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony has named Gregg Johnson undersheriff and promoted Daron Henry to the rank of captain.
"I chose to promote Gregg and Daron for the simple reason that I believe that being a successful sheriff depends on having an administrative staff that is filled with good, professional people. Gregg's and Daron's abilities are outstanding, and I'm confident we will work well together," Anthony said.
After serving as a Lone Grove police officer for a year, Johnson joined the CCSD in 1997 and has served in a variety of positions, including field deputy, District Attorney's Drug Task Force, Carter County Narcotics Division, SWAT team commander, and CLEET-certified K-9 handler. He attained the rank of captain in 2008. In addition, Johnson is a Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training instructor, and has written and assisted in compiling CLEET-accredited courses taught at the CCSD, as well as instructing those courses.
A Lone Grove High School graduate, Johnson attended Murray State College and East Central University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He is also a graduate of the Oklahoma Criminal Investigation Academy.
Johnson said as undersheriff, he will purse four primary goals.
"One of my first goals will be to improve communication between deputies and victims of various crimes. Oftentimes, victims of crimes feel left out of the loop after making an initial report. They want and deserve to know how the investigation is developing and what progress is being made. We can best accomplish that through deputy/victim discussions and progress reports as inquiries are carried out," he said. "Along those same lines will be a continued effort for prompt response to all reports of crimes or suspicious activity, including complaints concerning the sale and/or use of narcotics. And in an effort to take a proactive role in deterring oilfield thefts, we will be working to increase coverage in the northwest portion of the county."
The undersheriff said he will also center attention on "maintaining a good working environment" in the Carter County Detention Center.
"The sheriff and I have also discussed maintaining the open-door policy. We want the citizens of Carter County to know we want to hear from them and to be confident we will not only listen to them, but will discuss their problems and concerns with them," Johnson said.
Johnson and his wife, DeeDee, live in Lone Grove. He is the father of an 8-year-old daughter.
A 15-year veteran of the Ardmore Police Department, where he served in the patrol and narcotics divisions, as well as a member of the District Attorney's Drug Task Force, Henry was also a K-9 officer. He began his career with the CCSD as a field deputy in 2009. In 2012, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and K-9 handler.
As a CCSD captain, Henry will continue as a CCSD K-9 handler as well as supervising the staff of field deputies and assisting with administrative duties.
A graduate of Plainview High School, Henry obtained a bachelor's degree in liberal studies from the University of Oklahoma. He has CLEET Advanced Police certification and approximately 1,900 hours of CLEET training, including K-9 handler certification. In addition, Henry has completed the OBN Narcotics Investigators School and OBN Air Assault School.
Discussing his promotion he said, "I'm honored to be a part of Milton's administrative staff. I believe in him and his abilities."
The captain said his goals will be centered on excellence.
"The sheriff's goals and my goals are to make the department one of the best in the state. I want to work toward continuing to improve professionalism throughout the department — to make this department one in which the deputies are proud to serve. I want the deputies to be able to come in and talk to me about their ideas, as well as their concerns," Henry said.
Customer service is another area which will draw Henry's attention.
"We will continue efforts to reduce crime and make Carter County a safe place for all the citizens," he said. "Customer service is vital. The citizens of the county are our customers, and we want to make sure we give the best service possible and that our customers are happy."
Henry and his wife, Rhonda, have two children, Courtney and Camron. Henry's father, Ron, was a retired Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper assigned to Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore, and his brother Allen, is currently a lieutenant with OHP Troop F.