John Whetsel is in his fourth term as Oklahoma County Sheriff, serving since 1997. The Whetsel family includes wife Mitzi, daughters Jonna Whetsel, Stacy Moore and her husband Brock and grandchildren Kailey, Bailey and Caitlin Moore. John and Mitzi live in Choctaw and attend St. John's Church in Edmond.
Sheriff Whetsel began his law enforcement career in 1967, he joined the Choctaw Police Department in 1973 and served as Choctaw Chief of Police for 21 years before being elected Sheriff. Sheriff Whetsel has an Associate degree in Police Science, a Bachelor degree in Government and Sociology, and Master's studies in Criminal Justice.
Sheriff Whetsel has authored many law enforcement articles and has been a guest on the Phil Donahue Show, Larry King Live, Dateline, NBC Nightly News, Hard Copy, Front Page, America's Most Wanted and You Be The Judge, and is nationally recognized as a traffic safety advocate.
Sheriff Whetsel serves many boards including the Boy Scouts Law Enforcement Explorers National Executive Committee, Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol and Drug Influence, Oklahoma Justice Assistance Grant Board, Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, and the Oklahoma State University Police Advisory Board.
Sheriff Whetsel is a past president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, the Oklahoma Sheriffs' Association and the Oklahoma Sherif¬f and Peace Officers Association. He chairs the National Sheriff's Association Traffic Safety Committee, is a member of the NSA's Victim Services Committee, the Major County Sheriff's Association, the Chrysler Police Advisory Board, and is part of a group that has produced four law enforcement traffic safety training videos.
Sheriff Whetsel is the recipient of many honors including the J. Stannard Baker Excellence in Traffic Safety National Award in 2011, the Oklahoma Rifle Association Law Enforcement Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2011 and in 1998, Oklahoma County Bar Association Liberty Bell Award, AARP 50 over 50 Award, National Sheriffs' Victim Services Award, Oklahoma Sheriffs Association 2006 Sheriff of the Year, Oklahoma Transit Association Keith Leftwich Connection Award, University of Central Oklahoma Distinguished Former Student, Society of 40 and 8 Oklahoma Grand Law Officer of the Year, and the Distinguished Service Award by the National Police Administration of the Republic of China (Taiwan). In 2011, Sheriff Whetsel was inducted into the Oklahoma Sheriffs' Hall of Fame and received the Bill Tilghman Award with his induction into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.