SHERIFF BEGGS RETIRES

Cleveland County sheriff DeWayne Beggs announced his retirement.

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By Peggy Laizure

Transcript Staff Writer

Cleveland County Sheriff F. DeWayne Beggs announced his retirement today.

The longtime area law enforcement officer has served four terms as sheriff. On Tuesday, he informed County Commissioners that he is retiring as of May 1. His term will expire Dec. 31.

Commissioners will take applications and plan to appoint a replacement who would then sit for election in November.

Beggs, 64, formerly worked at the Norman Police Department and at General Motors. He worked in the sheriff’s office for three and one-half years, transporting prisoners. He quit for six months to campaign for sheriff. A Republican, he defeated incumbent sheriff John Walsh in 1992 and has “been sheriff ever since,” he said.

“It’s time for me to leave,” Beggs said. “It’s been a dynamic 15, 16 years. We had two tornadoes hit the north part of the county, one a F-5. We participated and responded supplying security to the Alfred P. Murrah building.”

“It’s been very rewarding,” said Beggs. “I’m pleased I was allowed to serve the people of Cleveland County. So thankful to be allowed to serve.”

Beggs grew up on a farm east of Noble, graduating from Noble High School in 1962. Norman is his home, he said, and he has a vested interest in the area. An accomplished musician, Beggs sings often at charity events. He often appears with other county officials.

“My wife and granddaughter live here and I hope I have helped make it a safe place to live,” he said.

As to what he will do now, Beggs said “the very first thing is find a cork and a little piece of string and put a worm on it.”

He also said he has a five year old granddaughter and an 80 year old mother and he wants to spend a lot of quality time with both.

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