Former Ponca City Police Chief; US Marshal Clayton Johnson Speaks to NOC Students

Ponca City Now - April 12, 2023 6:50 am

US Marshal Clayton Johnson at NOC March 29, 2023.

United States Marshal for Northern District of Oklahoma Clayton Johnson spoke to NOC Criminal Justice students Wednesday, March 29.

Johnson, an NOC graduate, has served law enforcement over 30 years as a police officer, police chief, and United States Marshal.

After attending NOC, Johnson graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor and master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

In 1982, Marshal Johnson joined the Ponca City Police Department as a Reserve Officer. In October of 1986, he was hired as a full time police officer for the department. During his police career, he worked in the patrol and detective divisions and promoted through the ranks of the agency. On November 1, 2002, he was appointed Police Chief for the Ponca City Police Department. He served in that position until his retirement in August of 2011.

On August 22, 2011, Clayton Johnson was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the United States Marshal for the Northern District of Oklahoma.

On September 11, 2017, Marshal Johnson was notified that he was being retained by President Donald J. Trump. Marshal Johnson is responsible for United States Marshals Service operations in the 11 counties of northeastern Oklahoma. In addition, he serves on the Director’s Marshals Advisory Council.

He has served 12 years as a US Marshal.

He spoke to three criminal justice classes, the first he spoke about his journey to police chief and how NOC helped him achieve his goals.

For the second class, he talked in depth about the function of the United States Marshal Service and tackles some myths about the marshal service.

In the last class, he talked about the investigative processes of finding fugitives and the other types of marshal investigations.

“We are so thankful that Clayton spoke to our students,” said NOC Criminal Justice Instructor Troy Cochran.  “It gives them first-hand knowledge of all facets of law enforcement.  He is a proud NOC alum and I am always excited when he speaks to our students.”

Johnson was inducted into the NOC Alumni Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2014.

For those interested in NOC’s Criminal Justice Department, contact Troy Cochran at 580.628.6663 or [email protected] .

Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public two-year community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services.

NOC serves nearly 4,000 students through the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, and NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater.  Of these students about 80% receive financial aid and/or scholarships. 75% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science; the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; and the Accreditation Commission for Education and Nursing.

For more information about Northern Oklahoma College please call (580) 628-6208 or visit the NOC website at


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