Retired Deputy Sheriff Joe Staley dies at age 77


November 19 – Retired Payne County Deputy Joe Staley passed away Monday at age 77.

Staley served 52 years in Payne County.

He was first hired as a security officer for the Oklahoma State University Police Department in 1968. Officers at the time patrolled on foot and could only communicate via walkie-talkies.

Staley was the first youngster hired, breaking the stigma that young men couldn’t be professional around middle-aged women.

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After a two-year stint with OSUPD, he served as a deputy with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office from 1970 to 1982.

City manager Norman McNickle said he met Staley in 1976.

“We worked on a lot of cases together. He was a guy who was a bulldog on business,” said McNickle. “He was a good guy. He wanted justice. He would work just as hard to prove someone innocent as guilty, and I can’t think of another person I’d rather support.”

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Staley then became the first District Attorney and held that position for 34 years.

His last term of service was between 2016 and 2020 as a deputy of the civil paper service – again with the Payne County Sheriff’s Office – before retiring.

Dighton Marler Funeral Home has scheduled a visit and service for November 21 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Sunnybrook Christian Church will hold its service on November 22 at 11 a.m

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