Kellyville’s newly-appointed interim police chief has been suspended

Kellyville's fourth Police Chief since June has now been suspended.

Editor’s Note: a previous version of this story incorrectly identified Lovell as the police chief. He was actually the interim police chief. The story has been updated to reflect that correction.

Kellyville’s newest interim police chief has been suspended, the Town Administrator told Sapulpa Times on Monday afternoon.

Eric Lovell—Kellyville’s fourth person to be in the chief’s position since the new Kellyville Board of Trustees took over in June—was appointed the interim police chief earlier in October.

According to Kellyville citizens Jason and Brandy Horath, the incident that caused the suspension happened the week after Lovell had been appointed as interim chief.

Lovell | Facebook photo.

Jason Horath was walking their dog on Spruce street, passing the Police Department, when Lovell yelled a derogatory slur at Horath “not once, but three times, loudly, from the Police Department to across the street,” Brandy Horath told Sapulpa Times on Monday afternoon. She said that both Lovell and the other deputy with him wearing their badges and guns at the time.

Jason Horath walked over to confront the officers, and Lovell did apologize at the time, “but it should never have happened,” Brandy Horath says.

Jason Horath was one of the more vocal citizens in the recent Kellyville Board of Trustees meeting that led to trustee John Taylor resigning, and his wife Brandy said he thought the incident might’ve been set up to draw some sort of reaction out of Horath.

Town Administrator Beverley Lucas confirmed with Sapulpa Times that Lovell had been suspended and that his case would be determined by the Town Board at either the next regular meeting or a special meeting, should they choose to call one.

Lovell seems to be well-regarded by several of the citizens, many of whom were happy to see him appointed interim chief, but the incident was enough for the Town Administrator to issue a suspension. “To even think that this could happen, it was enough to send him home and begin an investigation,” she said.

The next regular session Kellyville board meeting is Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 pm.

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4 Comments

  1. Avatar Robert Stemmons on October 28, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Dear Eric Lovell,
    Is this the type of person you really want to be?



    • Avatar Anonymous on October 29, 2019 at 9:25 pm

      oh heck, they knew each other, the entire town knows one another, when john taylor was assitant police chief, he gossiped about everyone and even made up stories about people in town, he didnt get suspended for it. I dont think the officals should do name call others, but the entire town has been kind of crazy with name calling lately..



  2. Avatar Anonymous concerned citizen on November 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    I have known Eric Lovell my entire life. Never once have I seen him even yell in public. So really don’t believe he would do so in an unorderly fashion. I think the criminal with very large criminal background should apologize and or possibly catch a charge



    • Micah Choquette Micah Choquette on November 4, 2019 at 6:42 pm

      Lovell admitted to Town Administrator Beverley Lucas that he did what he’s been accused of. Doesn’t appear there’s anything for Horath to apologize for.



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