Nate King took office as Chief of Police on May 6, 2013 after a decorated career in law enforcement which started in January of 1999 as a dispatcher for the Tahlequah Police Department. His career at the police department included serving as a dispatcher, Patrolman, D.A.R.E. Officer, and Detective. Nate was the Officer of the Year for the Tahlequah Police Department in in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
King followed mentor, former Cherokee County Sheriff Norman Fisher, to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in 2007 and served as Fisher’s Lead Investigator until receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Management. King served as Director of Community Sentencing from 2009 until being elected as Chief of Police.
King came into office with a specific vision that included increased morale and increased quality of service to the City of Tahlequah. The Kenneth Blanchard quote, “None of us is as smart as all of us.” was put into action at the police department by including officers and staff in problem identification and solving.
Chief King has implemented great advancements within the Tahlequah Police Department such as:
- Mobile Data Terminals in patrol units
- Spillman Technologies, a new reporting system
- Eticket writers
- Department issued weapons
- Stop Sticks
- Body Cameras
- Additional School Resource Officers, patrolmen and dispatchers
- Created a Training and Development Coordinator
- Bicycle Patrol
- Home for the Holidays Initiative