Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame to add four
Four Oklahoma law officers will be inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
The four men to be added to the roster are former Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Chief Agent William R. "Bill" Keester, retired Oklahoma City police Maj. Kenneth A. Nash and former Osage County Sheriff George Wayman.
The induction will be Dec. 12 at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m. with the ceremony at 2 p.m.
Edmondson was attorney general from 1995 to 2011. He served in the U.S. Navy, including combat duty in Vietnam, and served a term in the state House of Representatives. In 1982, he was elected Muskogee County district attorney, an office he held until 1992.
Keester was one of the six original drug enforcement agents after the bureau was created in 1975. He was instrumental in crafting and drafting many of the states drug laws. Before he retired in 1987, Keester was the chief agent of the bureau's enforcement arm, tasked with executing search warrants and making arrests, among other duties.
Nash retired from the department as a major in the department's headquarters division and, in 1982, was one of the final four candidates for police chief. Nash was formerly the director of the Oklahoma City Criminal Justice Council.
Wayman was Osage County sheriff from 1965 to 1989. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in World War II, fighting in Africa during the war. He traded the oil field for the battlefield after also fighting in the Korean War, but was offered a job as a deputy in Osage County. When the sheriff died, Wayman assumed the role, which he held more than 30 years.