McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett is walking in tall cotton.
Hewett’s name is in the rarified air of the Oklahoma Sheriff’s Hall of Fame.
When Hewett was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Reed Center in Midwest City Friday night he became just the 27th Oklahoma Sheriff to be so honored.
Hewett has been sheriff in McClain County for the past 20 years.
He also served in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for 20 years giving him an amazing 40 years in law enforcement.
Those two stints in law enforcement were sandwiched around 4 1/2 years as a teacher and coach at Washington.
Hewett taught from 1994-1999, coaching baseball, fast-pitch and junior high girls basketball.
“I feel proud,” Hewett said. “This is a great honor. But what I’m more proud of is the people I’ve been associated with.
“They are the ones responsible. It’s not about any one individual.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought about this,” Hewett said.
The Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Hall of Fame is a prestigious group of Sheriff’s that have dedicated their life to law enforcement protecting and serving the citizens in Oklahoma and their respective counties.
The sheriff must have demonstrated leadership with his employees, the law enforcement community, the citizens of the county and the State of Oklahoma.
The association also says the sheriff must have demonstrated and maintained the highest degree of character in his/her law enforcement career in conformance with the law.
When Hewett retired from the OHP he was a First Lt. and Troop Commander of the Criminal Intelligence and Drug Interdiction Division.
He was the top graduate of the 33rd Highway Patrol Academy.
Hewett is a 1967 graduate of Washington High School and married to his sweetheart from first grade on, Pam.
Don played baseball and basketball and ran track at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton where he was named All Conference his sophomore year in baseball.
He holds a degree in science and education from the University of Central Oklahoma.
“Law enforcement is a tough but enjoyable career,” Hewett said.
He and Pam will celebrate 51 years of marriage August 25.