Porter stepping down after nearly 40 years with MCPD
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
Midwest City Police Chief Sid Porter announced he is retiring after nearly 40 years with the department.
Porter formally announced his decision to the department Wednesday afternoon. His last day with the city will be Jan. 3.
Porter has served as chief since October 2021.
In May 1984, Porter joined the department as a patrol officer. He was promoted through the ranks until becoming assistant chief in 2009, a role he held for nearly 12 years. Porter served as interim chief for about five months following the retirement of former chief Brandon Clabes in May 2021.
“I have been here since I was 21 years old and I’m leaving as a 61-year-old man,” Porter said. “It’s been a blessing. Midwest City has raised me. I’ve worked with so many great people and citizens all these years. We’re a blue collar community that cares about each other.”
Porter said he appreciates all the support the police department has received from citizens, city administration, and community partners.
“We’ve always had great leadership here and I appreciate Tim Lyon for being a great boss who has supported the police 100%,” Porter said. “We have a great relationship with the schools and Dr. (Rick Cobb), SSM Health, the chamber of commerce, Tinker and many others.”
Porter said he has been considering retirement for several months. He said he and his wife plan to travel and spend more time with their family.
“As I was approaching my 60s, I knew it was getting that time,” Porter said. “My wife is a schoolteacher and she’s getting ready to retire soon. We want to be able to travel and spend time with our family. I’m blessed by the Lord to have this long career.”
City Manager Tim Lyon has not announced an interim chief. He said he will be working on a decision after Christmas and before Porter’s official retirement.
Mayor Matt Dukes said Porter has been a big asset to the city for 40 years.
“This is a big loss for the city, but it’s good for him to be able to retire,” Dukes said.
Dukes and Porter worked together for 30 years with the police department.
“He was hired one year after I was and we worked together as patrol officers on the night shift,” Dukes said. “He worked his way up the ranks and has done really well. The officers respect him and he’s going to be hard to replace. He’s a good Christian man and has served us well.”