Two men, both with ties to the Grand Lake region, are the newest members of the Grove Police Department.

In late June the men, Marshall Green, a graduate of Afton High School, and Remington White, a graduate of Jay High School, became patrol officers for the GPD.

The men replace Steven Stogner, who left the department to accept a position with the Quapaw Tribal Police, and John Sherman, who is the new police chief for the Northeast Area Vo-Tech.

Grove Police Chief Mark Morris said the two men's experience - Green serving with the BIA, and White, who began with the department earlier this year as a dispatcher - will provide a valuable component to the department.

“The hiring process for Grove Police Department is said to be one of the toughest in the state.” said Morris. “It is my belief that one of the most important responsibilities we have as a department is to select individuals who can be trusted by the community they serve.

"We’re excited to bring both of these young men into the department and expect great things for them in the future.”

More about the officers

• Marshall Green

Green, 36, a 2001 graduate of Afton High School, comes to the GPD after working with both the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A desire to live and serve within the community, in which he would raise his own children, drew Green to take the position in Grove.

Green and his wife Megan have two children, Haydn, 6, and Maddox, 3. The family attends Grove's First Baptist Church.

"This is a nice community," Green said. "This gives me an opportunity to be around my family and home. With less travel [than with the BIA] and two small boys, I can be at their events."

Green, who pursued a degree in psychology at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, became interested in combining his studies with law enforcement out of an interest in the way people think.

Morris said he's excited to bring Green to the department because of his experience.

"Green [has] vast amounts of experience and knowledge in Native American laws, and has experience being part of a police tactical team," Morris said. 

• Remington White

White, 25, is a native of Jay. A 2011 graduate of Jay High School, he is the son of Tammy White and the late Rick White.

His desire to go in to law enforcement can be traced to his parents service within the field. 

Rick White served as both undersheriff and sheriff of the Delaware County Sheriff's Department, while Tammy White served as both a deputy and as a dispatcher for the department before joining the Jay Elementary staff. 

"I was born with a desire to [help others]," White said. "I was definitely influenced by my parents, especially my dad. It made me want to be in law enforcement."

White graduated with a criminal justice degree from NSU. This is his first law enforcement job.

In December, White joined the department as a dispatcher. When an opening developed because of Sherman's departure, White made the move to the patrol division.

He will attend an upcoming class of the Oklahoma Police Academy organized by the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

Morris said White's enthusiasm and outstanding character made him a good candidate for the department.

White said he enjoys the fact that his job means every day is different. He's also proud to serve in the area in which he was raised.

"This is an opportunity to give back to [my] community," White said. "I'm big into social service."

White has been dating fellow Jay graduate Allison Stewart for the past two years.  He attends Mt. Hermon Church in rural Jay.

One Thing With White

One person who inspires you

My dad. Every son probably says they are inspired by their dad, its a natural thing. But growing up with him in  sheriff's department, I had a lot of admiration for him. He was a big inspiration.

One book that has stuck with you

Outlaws and Peace Officers: Memoirs of Crime and Punishment in the Old West by Stephen Brennan. It brings together both history and law enforcement. I'm a big fan of American history and Native American history. You can get a lot of inspiration, ideas and mindsets from history.

One thing you can’t live without

I stress eat ice cream - banana splits specifically.

One thing that might surprise people

I'm quiet at first, but then I become chatty. You know I know you when I start to gab a lot.

One piece of advice that's stuck with you

Be nice to people. Instead of getting into an argument, being nice will get you further. Attitude is the most important tool in this job.

One thing you want people to know

I'm easy going, laid back, and not high strung. I try to be a fair individual. 

One Thing with Green

One person who inspires you

My family - my wife and kids. Being around them and being able to provide for them and do stuff for them. That's what I work for.

One book that has stuck with you

Band Of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose. I love the camaraderie and the way they work through adversary. 

One thing you can’t live without

Mountain Dew. What ever it's got in it, it got me hooked on it.

One thing that might surprise people

I'm an introvert, but I was the activities director for Bear's Den Resort while I was in college.

One piece of advice that's stuck with you

Treat people as well as you want to be treated. Be as nice as possible. No matter who you are, or what the interaction is, treat people with respect.

One thing you want people to know

I'm quiet when people first meet me. 

I'm a homebody. I just like to do family staff and stay at home. I'd rather sit at home or go fishing.