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OSBI Director Ricky Adams has served as a professional lawman for over 42 years. He began his career at the municipal level with the Elk City and Edmond Police Departments before joining the ranks of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1986. Adams then continued a 32-year career, serving at every level within the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to include 31 months as the Assistant Commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. He was selected as Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 2013 and served in that capacity until deciding to retire in November 2017. Adams was soon asked to delay retirement and join the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as its Deputy Director in February 2018 and was later unanimously selected as Director, assuming command of the bureau on July 1, 2018. Adams is the only Oklahoma Lawman to have come up through the ranks and led both of our state's two largest state law enforcement agencies.
Adams has led the OSBI during many high-profile investigations, 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 and, in 2015, was honored by an 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, among others, 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; General and Flag Officer Homeland Security Executive Seminar, and the Executive Development Program for Oklahoma State Officials, to name a few.
Adams is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA), and was the former Southern Region Chairman for the State & Provincial Police (S&P) Section. He is also a current member of the VFW and American Legion of Edmond and serves on numerous state boards and advisory groups. He is married to his wife of 44 years, Cathy, and lives in Cashion, Ok.
Michael C. Thompson
Prior to joining the OSBI as its deputy director in March of 2022, Governor Mary Fallin initially appointed Major General Michael C. Thompson as The Adjutant General in November 2017. Thompson served as the top military advisor to the Governor and commanded the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard from November 2017 to November 2021.
Thompson joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1983 as an enlisted Soldier. Thompson was later commissioned to second Lieutenant in 1986 through the Oklahoma Military Department Officer Candidate School. In previous assignments, he has served as Assistant Adjutant General, Land Component Commander, and Commander of 90th Troop Command, all with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade levels. Major General Thompson was deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003 and 2008.
Before being appointed as Adjutant General, as a Citizen Soldier, Thompson had a distinguished 28-year career with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety. Thompson joined DPS as an Oklahoma State Trooper in 1990. Thompson concluded his civilian career by serving as Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Cabinet Secretary for Safety and Security from 2011 to 2017. Thompson was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2019.
Thompson is a proud graduate of Oklahoma’s only historically black college, Langston University. He also holds a Master's degree from Oklahoma State University and the United States Army War College. Major General Thompson is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the United States Secret Service Executive Seminar, and the United States War College.
Major General Thompson and his wife of 38 years, Debbie, have two adult children who are combat veterans of the United States Army and the Oklahoma Army National Guard. They also have a daughter-in-law who is also a combat veteran with the United States Army.