One-on-one with the first female director of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s new director is making history in her new role: Aungela Spurlock is the first woman to hold the position in the agency’s 98-year history.
News On 6 traveled to OBSI’s Oklahoma City headquarters for an exclusive interview with Spurlock.
Spurlock has lived and worked in northeast Oklahoma for decades. She said she was moving to Oklahoma City this week and was honored to lead the agency.
“There’s been such an outpouring of support from inside the agency, from team members, from people in the community that I’ve worked with over the years,” Spurlock said.
The 52-year-old said there are plenty of leadership opportunities for the agency’s more than 300 men and women.
“It makes my job easier to know that I have these kinds of people,” Spurlock said. “Their ethos, they work hard, they want to make a difference and they come to work every day doing their best.”
Spurlock has been in law enforcement for 29 years, 20 of which were with OBSI.
She started as a Resident Agent in Northeast Oklahoma, then went on to lead different areas of the Investigative Division and worked in the Sexual Assault Unit and other projects.
“I don’t think you don’t see the things you see, especially the cases of child laborers when you have children and you just deal with the families and deal with the horrors that we face” , Spurlock said.
Spurlock said OBSI is in a good position, coming from the retired former director.
She said the agency is focusing on more partnerships, working on staffing and starting systems to deal with the state’s backlog of untested sexual assault kits.
“We have a grant going,” Spurlock explained. “We were working with the GA office quite strongly on this. We have now staffed that unit, so we have investigators working in the field, we have partnered with the lab, the AG office, some of our other agencies.
Spurlock, who is married with four sons and two grandsons, said she was grateful for the new role and for the support of her family and colleagues.
Spurlock encourages the public to get to know their local agent and get involved in OBSI community events.