Moore's New Police Chief Brings a Sense of Calling to the JobMay 14, 2020
The middle of a pandemic seems like a tough moment for someone to step into the position of Moore Chief of Police. But Todd Gibson, the city’s new “Top Cop,” says he was already dealing with Coronavirus issues before coming to Moore on April 1.
“Jumping into this position during this unique time in history absolutely has its challenges,” said Gibson, “But one of the fortunate things for me is that in my previous job working as the Cleveland County sheriff, it was something I was dealing with daily.”
Gibson says it also helps that Moore was keeping up with all the developments with its own strategies and protocols.
“Stepping in here with the great leadership we have,” said Gibson. “There are so many great men and women we have at the Moore police department, it really makes my job easy to step in during this transition of COVID-19.”
Gibson left his position as the Cleveland County Sheriff to take the Chief of Police position in Moore. Before that, his extensive law enforcement career included a significant period with the Norman Police Department, where he achieved the roles of Captain and Division Commander before retiring. Gibson says his love for law enforcement is what drew him back into law enforcement, first as county sheriff and now, as Moore’s police chief. For Gibson, law enforcement is more of a calling than a job.
“There’s an internal desire and calling to want to help people, to want to do good,” said Gibson. “My entire life, I’ve really wanted to stand up for others that couldn’t stand up for themselves. I don’t like a bully. So, law enforcement was a great opportunity to make an impact on my community and make an impact on people’s lives.”
The position of police chief in Moore is one that, according to Gibson, was one of the few jobs that could entice him away from his position as Cleveland County’s sheriff.
“When you look across the state of Oklahoma, the chief of police for Moore is one of the most coveted law enforcement positions in the state,” said Gibson. “It’s not the Oklahoma City chief. It’s not the Tulsa chief. It’s the Moore chief of police position that is a job that anyone in law enforcement in this state would want.”
One of the things that make the job so attractive is that city leadership in Moore has proven itself to be a cooperative and hard-working team in the face of repeated challenges.
“We have great city leadership from the city council,” said Gibson. “From the police and fire departments, and from the other city department heads. We also have great support from the city manager. People might take that for granted, but it’s very unique to Moore, and a lot of other places don’t have that.”
Gibson says Moore is a wonderful community with a tremendous reputation as a positive place to live, play and work. His desire is that the police department will continue to serve the community in a way that makes residents feel safe and welcome.
“What I really want our residents to know is that your police department is here for you,” said Gibson. “If you need anything, don’t hesitate to call us because we want to be as much a part of the community as possible. We’re blessed to have strong support from the community, and we don’t ever want to take that for granted.”
Gibson and his family have lived in Moore since 2006. He has been married for 23 years and has four children. One of those children is in college, two are in high school, and one is an eighth-grader.