Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma


David E. Roberts, a tribal member and 30-year law enforcement veteran will be sworn in June 19 as director of law enforcement. The eight-member marshal service has been led by an acting director since November, when the BIA allowed the tribe to resume providing its own law enforcement. The agency assumed law enforcement duties in 1997 in the middle of a tribal dispute. The fighting was triggered when marshals raided the office of then-Chief Joe Byrd, and Byrd responded by firing them. Roberts, 53, had been a major assigned to the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office executive staff since June 1998. He supervised criminal investigations, drug and gang task force efforts and was responsible for command of the sheriff's special operations team. "We are extremely pleased to have someone of David Roberts' character, credentials and experience to head the marshal service," said Smith, who succeeded Byrd as chief. "We anticipate under his leadership the marshal service will again become a law enforcement agency that all Cherokees can be proud." Roberts began his career in 1970 as a Tulsa police officer. He also previously served as agent in charge of the Tulsa field office for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.