Colonel Patrick F. Mays
Colonel Patrick F. Mays is the 29th Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, appointed to that position on September 10, 2021. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of Administration for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.
Colonel Mays is a graduate of the 49th Patrol Academy, graduating in July of 1997 and received his first assignment in Troop B, Tulsa. He was then promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Troop Z – Internal Affairs/Investigations Division. Later, he was promoted to Captain and transferred to the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. After a short tour there, Colonel Mays became the Troop Commander for the Executive Security troop and commanded both the Governor’s security detail and the Lieutenant Governor’s security detail. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Major and assigned as the Zone Commander for Zone 3, which included the OHP Training Division, Patrol Academy, Special Operations Division, Command Post Operations and the State Traffic Homicide Unit. In December of 2017, Colonel Mays assumed command of Zone 7 which included all of the state turnpike troops, Command Post operations and the State Traffic Homicide Unit. In September of 2019, Colonel Mays was appointed by then Commissioner John Scully to the position of Chief of Administration/Assistant Commissioner and he served in this capacity until September of 2021.
Colonel Mays began his career in public safety in 1976 as a member of the Mountainside Rescue Squad in Mountainside, New Jersey. He and his family moved to Oklahoma in 1978 where he became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician in 1980. In 1983, Colonel Mays became a police officer for the Wagoner Police Department and graduated from the basic police academy administered by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. He remained a municipal police officer for 14 years before joining the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in February of 1997.
Colonel Mays served in the United States Navy from 1991 until 2012. He retired in 2012 from the Navy Reserve as a Chief Petty Officer, Chief Master-At-Arms. He is a graduate of the 256th FBI National Academy. Colonel Mays graduated from Oklahoma State University with an Associate Degree in Police Science and a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Emergency Responder Administration.
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Holt
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Holt began his career in law enforcement with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 2002. Early assignments included patrol and criminal investigations. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, Captain in 2013, Major in 2019, and to Deputy Chief in 2021. He has also been assigned as the agency’s Polygraph Program Coordinator since 2013. He currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency’s patrol operations.
A graduate of Webbers Falls High School, LTC Holt completed his Associate of Science Degree from Connors State College, and his Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Northeastern State University. He also holds multiple professional licenses including a polygraph examiner license, armed private investigator license, armed security guard license, and a state real estate associate license. He currently owns and operates two businesses including a polygraph and investigations business and a real estate investment and sales business.
LTC Holt holds memberships in multiple law enforcement and professional organizations including the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System (Board of Directors), the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (Law Enforcement Standing Committee), the Oklahoma Board of Polygraph Examiners (Chairman), the American Association of Police Polygraphists, the American Polygraph Association, FBI LEEDA, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Major Eric Cannaday
Major Eric Cannaday serves as the commander for Zone 8 and has oversight of Patrol Operation in Troops C and E, located in Muskogee and Durant. In this capacity, Cannaday serves as the Turnpike Liaison and maintains administrative and financial oversight of the Futures, Capabilities, and Plans Division. Cannaday is also the Governor’s law enforcement appointee to the Governmental Technology Applications Review Board.
Cannaday joined the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in May of 2002 and graduated from the 54th Academy in October of that same year. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Cherokee and Adair County detachment in Troop C. While assigned to Troop C, Cannaday transferred to Muskogee County and accepted an additional duty position with the Troop C Fatality Investigation Unit. In 2004 Cannaday received a temporary duty assignment to Troop Z, the Internal Affairs and Special Investigations Division. Later in 2004, he was named the Director of Planning and Research and served in that capacity until the Department reorganized the division in 2012 and created the Law Enforcement Technology Development Division. Cannaday remained in that assignment unit in June 2012.
On June 30, 2012, Cannaday was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the newly formed Office of Professional Standards. He served as an investigator and technical specialist in that office until transferring to Troop F in Ardmore, Oklahoma, in 2016. Cannaday supervised troopers assigned to the Carter and Love County detachment until receiving a promotion to the rank of Captain on April 1, 2018. After his promotion, he assumed the role of Commander for Troop E in Durant, which encompasses six counties in far southeastern Oklahoma and borders Texas and Arkansas. Cannaday remained in Troop E until March 2021, when he accepted a transfer to the Futures, Capabilities, and Plans Division. While assigned there, Cannaday oversaw the transition to a new records management platform and provided technical guidance to Department Administrators. In December 2021, Cannaday accepted a transfer to become the Troop Commander for the five turnpike troops in Eastern Oklahoma. He remained as the Eastern Turnpike Commander until promoted to Major on May 1, 2022. Cannaday has played a critical role in advancing technology and implementing practical technical solutions throughout his career.
Major Cannaday was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and grew up on a dairy farm in Porum, Oklahoma. He graduated from Porum High School in 1989. After graduation, he accepted a scholarship to Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Oklahoma, where he studied pre-engineering. Cannaday attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and majored in chemical engineering following Carl Albert. Cannaday left OSU to pursue an interest in agriculture. In 2011 he began working on completing his education. He earned an Associate in Applied Science in Police Science and, in 2012, a Bachelor of Technology Degree from Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City.
Major Brent S. Jones
Major Brent S. Jones serves as commander of Zone 5. He has direct oversight responsibility for Executive Security and Training. He also serves on the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training Advisory Council.
Jones was appointed to the Patrol on January 30, 1995, as a member of the 48th Academy. Upon graduating from the Patrol Academy, he was assigned to Troop F, Garvin County Detachment. He transferred to Troop SO, Interstate 35 Detachment, on August 10, 1998. He transferred to Troop ES, Executive Security, on November 2, 2001. He transferred to Troop Z, Investigations, on August 1, 2007. On February 1, 2008, Jones was promoted to lieutenant and designated supervisor of Troop Z, Investigations. He transferred to Troop LS, Legislative Security, on February 15, 2018. On April 1, 2018, Jones was promoted to captain and designated troop commander of Troop K. He transferred to Troop ES, Executive Security, on October 19, 2019. On November 1, 2021, Jones was promoted to major and named zone commander of Zone 5.
Major Jones was born in Oklahoma, and grew up in Del City, OK. He graduated from Del City High School in 1989. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He earned the drug law enforcement achievement award in 1998-2001 and received the drug law enforcement career achievement award in 2002. He was an investigation team member that received the unit citation award in 2014. He earned the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy Award in 2017, completing the 171st Supervisor, 58th Command, and 135th Executive Institutes. He graduated from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Police Organizations course in 2018.
Major Brent Sugg
Major Brent Sugg is the Zone 2 Commander. Zone 2 consists of four field Troops (B, J, K, and L). Major Sugg was the 28th Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol from September 2019 – September 2021. Major Sugg previously served as the Zone 3 Commander which included Troop C, Troop D, Troop J, and Troop T. He was a Troop Commander in Troop A, Troop Z, and Troop T. As a Lieutenant, Sugg was assigned to Troop T, Troop Z, and the Office of Professional Standards. Sugg was the Commandant of the 59th and 61st Oklahoma Highway Patrol academies. Sugg was a road trooper in Troop A and served as a Field Training Trooper, Tactical Team member, and Emergency Response Team member. Sugg is a graduate of the 51st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
Major Sugg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Arts degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the 275th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Major Joe Williams
Major Joe Williams serves as Zone 3 commander, which encompasses Troop-A, Oklahoma City, Troop F, Ardmore, and Troop D, McAlister.
Williams began his career with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol on January 30, 1995, as a member of the 48th Academy. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop H, Rogers Mills County. Williams spent six years in Troop H before transferring to Troop G, Comanche County. On February 1, 2008, Williams was assigned to Executive Security. On June 15, 2012, Williams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and assigned to Troop G. On October 15, 2015, Williams transferred to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office where he served as the Statewide Impaired Driving Liaison, and the Statewide Occupant Protection Liaison. On September 1, 2018, Williams was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to Troop A, Oklahoma, Canadian, Logan, Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Cleveland, and McClain Counties. Williams transferred to Troop G, Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens, Caddo, and Grady Counties on May 1, 2022, where he served as the Troop Commander until being promoted to the rank of Major on November 1, 2022. Major Williams has one son, CJ Williams who also serves as a State Trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, assigned to Troop M, Tillman County.
Lieutenant Colonel Jack McCoy
LTC Jack McCoy was a member of the 42nd OHP Academy, graduating in 1986. His original assignment was to Troop B where he was assigned to the Tulsa Interstate detachment and later transferred to the Creek County detachment. In 1993 he was transferred to the Mayes County detachment of Troop L, where he served until his promotion in 1998 to Lieutenant and assigned to the Will Rogers Turnpike.
In 2003 LTC McCoy was promoted to Captain. In this capacity, he served stints as the Troop Commander of Troop B (Tulsa), Troop L (Vinita) and as the Commander of the Emergency Response Team (ERT), until being promoted to Major in 2013.
As a Major, LTC McCoy was the Zone Commander over various field troops, the Capitol Complex, the Emergency Services Unit (ESU) and the Incident Management Team (IMT). He also served as the Department of Public Safety’s liaison to the Oklahoma Emergency Management and served on the Oklahoma Incident Management Advisory Committee.
Throughout his career, LTC McCoy has served as a field training trooper, field training supervisor, adjutant instructor and as an Assistant Commandant of a Patrol Academy. He is also a distinguished graduate of Session #259 of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA.
On January 1, 2022, LTC McCoy was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Patrol’s Special Service Divisions.
Major Radford Paul Christian
Major Radford Paul Christian serves as the Zone 6 commander which consists of Troop SO – Special Operations, Troop BT – Bomb Squad, Troop O – Aircraft, Troop R – Capital Patrol, and the Evidence Division.
Christian joined the Patrol on March 30, 1999, as a member of the 51st Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop H, Custer County Detachment. On May 1, 2005, he transferred to Troop SO as a criminal interdiction/K9 handler assigned to the west Interstate 40 detachment. Christian transferred to Troop V Officer Assistance Program on August 12, 2013. On December 1, 2013, he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to Troop H East Detachment as a field supervisor. On September 1, 2018, Christian was promoted to Captain and assigned to Troop SO as the Special Operation/Asset Forfeiture Commander. Christian was promoted to Major on May 1, 2022 and assigned as the Zone 6 Commander. Throughout his career, Christian has served as a member of the Emergency Response Team, Fatality Accident Reconstruction Team, and Officer Assistance member.
Major Christian earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK in 1996. Christian served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1997-2002.
Major Jason Matheson
Major Jason Matheson serves as the Director of Communications. He has direct oversight responsibility for the six Oklahoma Highway Patrol Communications Centers located across the state.
Matheson was appointed as a communications officer in the Oklahoma City Communications Center on May 8th, 2000. On January 1st, 2004, he was promoted to sergeant and assigned to Troop G Communications in Lawton. On July 1st, 2006, he was promoted to lieutenant and assigned as the center manager of Troop G Communications. On August 1st, 2008, he was assigned as the executive officer of Troop A Communications in Oklahoma City. On June 1st, 2010, he was assigned as the center manager of Troop K Communications in Perry. On October 1st, 2017, he was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned as the Northern regional communications coordinator. On June 15th, 2021, he was promoted to the rank of major and assigned as the Director of Communications.
Major Matheson grew up in Yukon, OK. He graduated from Yukon High School in 1997. He earned an associates in general studies from Oklahoma City Community College.
Major Garrett L. Vowell
Garrett L. Vowell has served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for the past 24 years. He began his career with the Department of Public Safety as a State Trooper and has promoted through the ranks serving as a Lieutenant, Captain, and now as Major.
As a State Trooper, Vowell served on the Emergency Response Team (ERT), as a Law Enforcement Driver Training (LEDT) instructor, as a Field Training Trooper (FTT), and as a K-9 handler with the Special Operations Division.
As a Lieutenant, he served as a field supervisor and as a special service supervisor. He also served as a field training supervisor, and as a counselor in OHP academies. Vowell became the coordinator over the seat belt program for the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office where he created and implemented the nationally recognized “Get Your Clicks on Route 66” seat belt initiative.
As a Captain, he served as the Impaired Driving Enforcement Coordinator for the state of Oklahoma. Vowell is a long-time highway safety advocate, receiving numerous commendations for his efforts in both Occupant Protection and Impaired Driving. During his time there, he created and implemented a division within the patrol called the Impaired Driving Enforcement Liaisons (IDEL’s). In this capacity, he created the ENDui program that conducts D.U.I. training, education, and enforcement through checkpoints and saturation patrols. Vowell also served as the commander of the OHP Training Center where he created the OHP's first-ever, annual physical fitness program. He served as the commander of Troop A, where he oversaw seven counties in and around the Oklahoma City area before promoting to the rank of Major.
As Major, he served as a zone commander over several field troops, Troop R (Capitol), Troop SO (Criminal Interdiction Division), Evidence Division, Troop W/Dive Team (Lake Patrol), Troop S (CMV) and the OHP Highway Safety Division. Vowell currently serves on the executive board for the IACP Operation CARE (Combined Accident Reduction Efforts) as Co-Chair, serves as the Board Administrator for the Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety and Education, and is a board member for the Board of Test.
He is a graduate of the 279th FBINA and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma with a minor in Criminal Justice. He also has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.