Cris Lang

Cris Lang

A second campaign announcement for the Stephens County Sheriff position confirmed Cris Lang, of Duncan, will look to compete against incumbent Wayne McKinney at the polls later this year.

Lang announced his candidacy for the Stephens County Sheriff position this week. Candidacy declaration with the Stephens County Election Board has not yet opened.

Lang brings 33 years of experience to the table when it comes to the criminal justice field. Lang said his education, training and experience, if elected, will “bring effective and efficient criminal justice services to the citizens of Stephens County.”

According to Lang, who calls himself a social and fiscal conservative, “taxpayers are entitled to the highest quality of service from their government.”

As a strong advocate for the Constitution, Lang “believes that it is incumbent on law enforcement to not only protect and serve, but also to ensure that constitutional rights of the citizens are safeguarded.”

Raised in Duncan as the son of Herb and Doris Lang, the candidate is a 1980 Duncan High grad and moved on to Cameron University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Technology in 1984.

Lang began his three year stint with Duncan Police in August 1985, and in this force he worked patrol, traffic and narcotics.

His departure in 1988 from DPD moved Lang to serve as a U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, a position requiring appointment. Lang completed the DEA Academy at Quantico, Virginia after which he was assigned to Los Angeles’ Field Division.

While in Los Angeles, Lang received assignment to the Los Angeles International Airport Task Force as well as the Los Angeles Clandestine Laboratory Task Force.

In 1991, Lang returned to Duncan and worked as the District 6 Drug Task Force Director and the Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s office for seven years.

After the seven years in Duncan, Lang then received appointment in March 1998 to the U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent. He completed the FBI Academy, again at Quantico, Virginia and was then assigned to the San Antonio Field Division, Laredo Resident Agency.

From there, Lang moved to the Oklahoma City Field Division, Lawton Resident Agency in 2000. This position covered southwest Oklahoma, including Duncan and Stephens County, until Lang moved into retirement at the end of 2018.

Right now, Lang and McKinney are the only two who have announced their campaign for the Sheriff position.

To contact Lang, email

When election season draws closer, The Banner staff will conduct print debates between all candidates running for election. Subsequent editions of The Banner will also feature stories with both candidates sounding off on law enforcement related issues. 

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