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OSBI Director Ricky Adams has been a law enforcement professional for over 38 years. He began his career at the municipal level with the Elk City and Edmond Police Departments from 1980-1986, before joining the ranks of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Adams was the honor graduate of the 42nd OHP Academy in 1986. He then continued a 32-year career, serving at every level within the Highway Patrol to include 31 months as the assistant commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. He was selected as the 26th chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 2013 and served Oklahoma in that position until his retirement in November 2017. Adams played a key role in the agency’s modernization efforts and the creation of the patrol’s highly successful criminal interdiction troop. He has commanded patrol operations during many large-scale manhunts and Oklahoma’s natural disasters and was one of the first responders to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He has received numerous law enforcement awards for his criminal interdiction efforts. In 2015, he was honored by induction into the Elk City Oklahoma Leadership Hall of Fame.
Notably, US Army Major General (Retired) Ricky Adams is a combat veteran who retired in 2014 after 35 years of service in the Army National Guard. Among his previous executive level military assignments are: Deputy Commanding General National Guard, US Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia; Assistant Adjutant General – Oklahoma ARNG; Deputy Commanding General - ARNG, Field Artillery Center, Fort Sill; Director-Police Reform Directorate, Kabul, Afghanistan; Deputy Assistant Commandant, United States Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill; Commander of the 45th Field Artillery Brigade; and Commander of the 1BN 171st FA MLRS - Oklahoma ARNG. He has received the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit-twice, and the Bronze Star Medal to name a few and was inducted into the Oklahoma National Guard's Officer Candidate School (OCS) Hall of Fame in 2014.
Adams holds a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the US Army War College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a 2001 graduate of the FBI National Academy and a 2016 graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He is also a graduate of the CAPSTONE Program at the National Defense University; National Security Management Course at Syracuse University; JTF Commander Course; Harvard University's Black Sea Security Program, and General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, to name a few.
Adams is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and was the former Southern Region Chairman for the State & Provincial Police (S&P) Section. He is also a current member of the Rotary Club, VFW, and American Legion of Edmond and has served on numerous state and national boards and advisory groups over the years. He is married to his wife of 40 years, Cathy, and lives in Edmond.
Bryan Rizzi was born in Cordell, Oklahoma, and reared in Posen, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago. Bryan returned to Oklahoma in 1983 and began his law enforcement career in 1985 with the Washita County Sheriff’s Department. Bryan joined the Clinton, Oklahoma, Police Department in 1986 where he served that community for eighteen years. He began his career as a patrolman and discovered an interest in criminal investigations. He became a detective in 1989 and commanded the Criminal Investigations Division of the Clinton Police Department from 1992 until 2004. In 2004, Bryan fulfilled a career-long goal by joining the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and becoming a special agent. He served in the Oilfield Crimes Unit and the Southwest Regional Office as a general assignment agent. In 2007, he was promoted to special agent in charge of the Intelligence Unit. Bryan helped create the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center (OIFC) and served as its first director. He was promoted to inspector in 2009 and served as division director for the Information Services Division and the Administrative Services Division of the OSBI.
Bryan is a summa cum laude graduate of the Southern Nazarene University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Organizational Leadership, in May of 2004. Bryan is a graduate of the Backster School of Lie Detection and served as a polygraph examiner. He is a 2009 graduate of the Southern Police Institute, Administrative Officers Course (AOC 122), and Police Executive Leadership Graduate Program, University of Louisville, Louisville Kentucky.
Bryan’s family has a proud history in law enforcement. His father served as a Washita County sheriff’s deputy, and Bryan has two sons who are third-generation Oklahoma law enforcement officers. Members of Bryan’s extended family serve in law enforcement in Oklahoma, Illinois, Arizona, California, and Washington State. Bryan has been married to Karen for 35 years and is the proud grandfather of four.