Sheriff Chris West is a fifth generation Oklahoman, and lifelong resident of Canadian County. A 1980 graduate of Yukon High School, Sheriff West attended college for one year before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1981. As a U. S. Marine, West served assignments at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California and with the U.S. Marine Detachment, United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. West received an honorable discharge, separating from active duty as a Non-Commissioned Officer in 1984.
Following his service as a Marine, Sheriff West served twenty-eight years with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, retiring from the Highway Patrol on Dec 31, 2012 at the rank of Captain. During his service with the Highway Patrol, West worked in assignments at the State Capitol, as a Traffic Trooper, Academy training staff, Field Supervisor, Troop Commander, Agency Spokesperson, and as a member of the Highway Patrol Honor Guard and Tactical Team.
Following retirement from the Highway Patrol, West was appointed as Canadian County Undersheriff on Jan 2, 2013, and worked in that capacity until he took office as the elected sheriff of Canadian County on January 3, 2017.
Sheriff West has amassed over 3400 hours of law enforcement training, and possesses an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification. Sheriff West is also a 2004 graduate of the FBI National Academy, and holds more than a dozen FEMA National Incident Management System certifications, as well as both an Advanced and Instructor level Certifications in Emergency Public Information.
West is a 2013 graduate of the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Academy, and serves as Board Member to the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association and Chairperson for the OSA’s North Central Region. Sheriff West was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Sheriff's Association in April of 2019, and then permanently elected to the position on June 17, 2019, representing over 3,000 Sheriffs across the nation. Sheriff West formerly served as the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association’s representative to the Western States Sheriff’s Association.
Sheriff West was appointed to Oklahoma’s Council for Law Enforcement Education & Training by the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association after taking office in 2017, representing Sheriffs with county populations above twenty-five thousand. West also serves as Board Member to the Oklahoma Board of Tests for Alcohol & Drug Influence, representing the Oklahoma Sheriff’s & Peace Officers Association; and he also serves as a member of the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council’s Forensic Sciences Improvement Task Force.
Sheriff West possesses an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Redlands Community College, and a Bachelor of Science in Management & Leadership from Southern Nazarene University.
Sheriff West and his wife, Kelly, a Registered Nurse, have been married over 35 years, and have two adult, married sons, and several grandchildren. Sheriff West and his wife reside south of Yukon, and are members of Council Road Baptist Church.