About Midwest City's Chief of Police
Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Brandon Clabes came to Midwest City in 1964 when his father became managing editor of the Oklahoma Journal, a new statewide daily newspaper established by the late W.P. "Bill" Atkinson.
Clabes attended Mid-Del Public Schools and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with bachelors degree in public administration. He also has several hours towards his master degree from the University of Virginia.
During his college years, Clabes worked at the newspaper writing obituaries and editing, along with concert reviews. In November of 1979, Clabes was hired by the Midwest City Police Department as a patrol officer. He was promoted through the ranks and has served as Assistant Chief under two separate administrations.
In August of 1999, Clabes was appointed Police Chief and has been honored to work daily with the Department’s 129 employees. He is the longest serving Chief in the history of the agency and oversees an annual budget of 13 million dollars. The Police Department has a “community oriented policing” mission and strives on a daily basis to deliver the best police services available.
He is married to his wife Sandy and they have three children.
Clabes is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, United States Secret Service Dignitary Protective Services program, active with the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Metro Chief’s Association, a former seven year board member for the Oklahoma Association of Chief’s of Police (a statewide organization). He is an adjunct professor at Rose State College, on the Advisory Board of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism and a member of the City of Choctaw Planning Commission.
Clabes was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin as a commissioner for the Department of Human Services and also served on the Oklahoma Commission for School Security with Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb. Chief Clabes was appointed again by Goveror Fallin in April of this year as Commissioner of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. He is a longtime member of Meadowood Baptist Church.