The OBA recently announced the election of two new board members. Carol Knight of Oklahoma City and Connie Allbritton of Norman have been elected vice president and treasurer, respectively.
“We are adding two exceptional bondsmen to our board,” said Raymond Merrill, president of OBA. “We look forward to utilizing their knowledge to continue to grow and improve our organization.”
Knight currently owns and operates Freedom Bail Bonds in Oklahoma City. She has been a licensed bondsman since 2002 and has also been a private investigator for almost 20 years. Previously, Knight has assisted the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) in writing the state manual used for bail enforcement training. She has also served as a CLEET Instructor at the Security Officer Requalification Center, a technical training school located in Moore, to develop a web-based skip tracing course.
Knight was raised in Oklahoma County, where her parents operated multiple video stores and she assisted with helping locate and recover equipment. Her experience in the family business led to her beginning her career in the bail industry in 1999 as a recovery agent.
Allbritton has been in the bail industry for more than 20 years. She has owned and operated her own business, Big Red Bail Bonds in Norman, since 2005. Her business has since expanded to cover multiple counties, including Cleveland, McClain and Grady counties. Allbritton earned her associate of applied science degree from Rose State College in Midwest City. She has three sons and two grandchildren.
“Our organization consists of reputable, respected bondsmen who work hard to protect our communities. These two individuals are great representatives of that,” said Merrill. “We look forward to their input and experience as we lead our organization and make decisions that benefit our state and the bondsmen we represent.”