Then-Oklahoma Highway Patrol Chief Kerry Pettingill is seen in 2013 congratulating trooper Sarah Rencken after her commissioning. Pettingill has been nomination for the position of United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. 

JIM BECKEL/The Oklahoman file

President Donald Trump on Monday announced his nomination for the position of United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

He nominated Kerry Lee Pettingill, a corporate director for Quintana Energy Services Inc., according to a White House news release.

Pettingill served as director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security for seven years and on the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 32 years, retiring as a colonel, the release states.

U.S. Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe applauded the nomination in a news release.

Lankord said Pettingill is an “excellent choice” and well-qualified for the position, adding that Pettingill “has served Oklahoma well” during his time in law enforcement.

“I am thankful to the administration for nominating Kerry, and I look forward to his swift confirmation in the Senate in the days ahead,” Lankford said in the release

Inhofe noted Pettingill’s “outstanding and distinguished” career in law enforcement and commended Pettingill on his nomination.

“I know he will serve this new position and the people of Oklahoma well and look forward to his swift confirmation,” Inhofe said in the release.

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Kelsy Schlotthauer


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Kelsy graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University in 2018 and moved to Colorado to cover breaking news before The World called her home in 2019. Follow her on Twitter for real-time reports. Phone: (918) 581-8455

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