Longtime Canadian County law officer retires

Lt. Mike Grimes leaves sheriff’s office, twin brother Pat Grimes was killed in '78 shoot-out with prison escapees

Retired Canadian County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Grimes

After 57 years as a law enforcement officer, Lt. Mike Grimes of the Canadian County Sheriff’s Investigations Division, whose twin brother Pat Grimes was killed in a 1978 shoot-out with prison escapees, has retired, Sheriff Chris West reports.

Grimes’ retirement was effective December 31, 2021 from his position as a criminal investigator with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. Grimes will continue working at the Sheriff’s Office, but in a non-law enforcement capacity, and on a part time basis, where he will manage the Aviation Unit, fly missions and handle special projects, West said.

“I’ve known Mike my entire law enforcement career and worked under his command on several different occasions during my own time with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.  Grimes has had a storybook career, and has made extremely significant contributions to public safety over the years.   I’m very happy he’s agreed to hang around a little while longer in a part-time civilian capacity,” Sheriff West said.

Grimes began his career in law enforcement in 1964 as a reserve police officer at the Yukon Police Department and reserve deputy sheriff for the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.  Grime started his fulltime law enforcement career in 1969 as a deputy with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, and worked as a criminal field deputy. In 1973, Grimes was hired by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and worked 33 years, serving in many capacities and rising to the rank of deputy chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Upon Grimes’ retirement from the highway patrol in 2006, Grimes was hired by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture to be the chief of the department’s criminal investigations unit, where he worked until his retirement there in 2013. After leaving the Department of Agriculture, Grimes was hired by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office as a criminal investigator, where he was also tasked with establishing the aviation unit, and managing federal grant programs.

Grimes stated one of his longtime desires was to end his career with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, as that was where he began his fulltime career in law enforcement.

He also stated he had always wanted to continue to serve the public as long as possible, and after 57 years in law enforcement “he’s very proud of the work he has been able to do for the people of Canadian County and across Oklahoma,” West reports.

Grimes possesses a rich family heritage of law enforcement, with his father and brother both serving in law enforcement as well.  Mike’s father, Bill Grimes attended the 3rd Highway Patrol Academy in 1941 and retired as a Trooper in 1964, and went on to work for both the Duncan Police Department and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office.  Grimes’ twin brother, Pat, also worked for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and was tragically shot and killed in 1978 during a gunbattle with two escapes from the Oklahoma State Prison.

Grimes was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2018 for his lifetime contributions working as a law enforcement officer, and for serving the families of officers killed in the line of duty.