D.E. SMOOT/Muskogee Phoenix
Municipal Judge John Tyler Hammons, right, administers the oath of office to Muskogee Fire Chief Derrell Jones, who was appointed in August to succeed Retired Chief Mike O’Dell. Jones hired on with the Muskogee Fire Department in April 1985, working his way through the ranks, from driver to captain and training officer before he became assistant fire marshal in 2012. He was appointed in 2017 as fire marshal before taking the helm as chief, a position that became effective Aug. 31.