Pryor Police Administration
Chief Steven W. Lemmings
Chief Lemmings joined the Pryor Police Department as a patrolman in 1993. Since that time, he had been assigned to the Detective Division of our department, and was later assigned the rank of Captain. For many years, Chief Lemmings was the lead detective, handling and overseeing hundreds of investigations.
In May of 2015, Lemmings was sworn into office as the Chief of Police. Chief Lemmings is eager for the challenges and tasks that lay ahead as he transitions into his role as the agency administrator for our department. Most of all, he is eager to serve his community in a greater capacity, every day.
Asst. Chief Derek Melton
Assistant Chief Derek Melton came to work at Pryor Police Department in 1987, from Chelsea Police Department. Derek has worked his way through the ranks over the years, accomplishing titles of Corporal, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and now Assistant Chief of Police.
Derek also pastors Grace Life Church of Pryor. He has been instrumental in helping cadets who attend the Thunderbird Youth Academy, encouraging them to grow strong in their faith, and to embrace the values instilled in them at the Academy.
Captain James Willyard
Captain James Willyard joined the Pryor Police Department in 2002. Willyard has worked in the capacities of Patrolman, Detective, Sergeant over Detective Division, and most recently Captain. In that timeframe, Willyard has completed hundreds of investigations, resulting in an impressive number of arrests. For several years, Willyard was also working with the United States Marshal Service with their Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force.
Willyard has taken an active role in helping shape the landscape of training for officers, utilizing his experience in the field to educate officers on safer day-to-day practices. He is excited for the opportunity to help lead our officers.