Sapulpa’s Police Chief is retiring

Sapulpa’s Police Chief Mike Haefner is retiring after serving in the Sapulpa Police Department for just over 31 years. He began February 1st, 1989, and assumed the Chief’s position in 2016, after Chief Rick Rumsey retired.

Chief Mike Haefner, far right, welcomes a new batch of recruits in June of 2019. Also pictured is Deputy Chief Pete Sellers, far left, who is expected to move into the Chief’s position on an interim basis after Haefner’s last day. Photo from Sapulpa FOP Facebook Page.

In addition to working for the City of Sapulpa, Haefner also works in security at Paragon Industries, Inc.

Haefner’s official last day is February 16th, it’s expected that Deputy Chief Pete Sellers will move into the role in an interim capacity while the city searches for the next Chief of Police. The position is one that is appointed by the city manager and then approved by the city council. Traditionally, the city council has sided with the city manager in times past.

In addition to Sellers, there are possibly two other candidates internally that have applied for the Chief’s position, and City Manager Joan Riley has stated that she’s considering outside candidates, as well. The entire process could take several weeks or months, depending on the number and qualifications of the applicants.

As of yet, Haefner has not responded to a message left by Sapulpa Times.
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