There’s a new sheriff in town for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma. Mickey Spears was recently named the UKB Lighthorse Director and Investigator, effective immediately.
Lighthorse is the tribe’s name for their tribal police. The department has nine officers that service the Band and the surrounding communities. The department also has a Sex Offender Database in compliance with the Adam Walsh Act, according to the UKB website.
Spears was previously working for the Keetoowah Cherokee Casino the past six years in the roles of Chief of Security and then Surveillance Director working under the UKB Gaming Commission.
He began his career in law enforcement in 1985 with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s department.
“Mickey brings a wealth of experience and relationships to any position,” said UKB Chief George Wickliffe. “He has a lot of experience working with tribal police forces, as well as doing investigations and has worked in conjunction with the Bureau of Indian Affairs many times.
“I have all the faith in the world that Mickey will get the job done. He will be working in conjunction with Lighthorse Captain Chris Thompson. Our Lighthorse police will be working the entire 14 county area,” Wickliffe said.
Spears at times has gone outside the realm of his job description in helping many tribal members and community members.
“I’ve always done law enforcement. It’s in my blood. Every time I hear a siren, be it a police car, fire truck or ambulance, I want to go with them to try and help. It’s a natural tendency for me to try and help people in our community if I can,” Spears said.
Mickey is married to Terris Spears, his wife of 36 years. They have two daughters and one son and six grandchildren.