Of Character: Matt Klem, president of Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers
Matt Klem has always wanted to be a law enforcement officer, but his talents lie in finance.
As the current president of Oklahoma City Crime Stoppers, he gets to keep a foot in both worlds.
Crime Stoppers is a volunteer organization that rewards tipsters who have information about crimes with cash rewards collected via donations.
"It's one of the times where you get to pay back in terms of a volunteer and you get to kind of see how the back side of things work, and you feel like you're making a difference and doing some good," Klem said.
He took the office on Jan. 1 and will serve the rest of 2018 in the top role, but has been on the organizations's board for the past seven years.
Klem, 42, is also currently the vice president of commercial lending for RBC Bank, 16461 N Pennsylvania Ave.
Crime Stoppers' primary role is to field anonymous tips from members of the community. The board then decides how much the tipster should be paid, up to $1,000.
Klem said the tips average between $250 and $350.
"It is paid on a scale, so obviously crimes affecting a person — a homicide or a rape — those things are going to definitely be on the upper end of the scale of the rewards that are paid out," he said.
Klem is not paid for his service, and the board meets for an hour a month.
"It's never just an hour, but that's something that I volunteer for and enjoy doing just because it does make a difference in the community." he said.
Klem previously served on the board of Edmond Family Counseling for eight years, and is currently a member of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce.
He lives in Edmond with his wife Kallye, who he married in 2005. They also have a daughter and a son. Shelby is 9, and Carter is 5 years old.
When not volunteering his time to Crime Stoppers, working or spending time with his family, Klem is a classic car enthusiast.
He owns a 1953 Pontiac which is up and running, and a 1956 Chevrolet that he is restoring.
While Klem wears a tie to work instead of a police uniform, he's happy to be able to help law enforcement agencies solve cases.
"I do not have any detective skills. I can't go out and solve them," Klem said. "However, there are people who do witness these things happening, and Crime Stoppers gives them a very safe avenue to send information directly to the police department without being involved in the case per se."