SHERIFF RIC WILSON
Sheriff Ric Wilson assumed the office of Wayne County Sheriff September 1st, 2006. He received a bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters of Science degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice from Troy University, Troy Alabama. Soon after being elected, he began the work needed to become a Certified Public Administrator from the University of Tennessee. He is the first elected official from Wayne County to be certified since the certification process began in 1989. Prior to being elected, Sheriff Wilson was Chief of Police in Waynesboro, Tennessee for five years. During this time he taught Criminal Justice at Colombia State Community College. His career began with the Montgomery, Alabama Police Department in the patrol division, traffic division and was promoted to detective and assigned to Major Crime Bureau. He also served with the Maury County Sheriff's office as a reserve deputy, sergeant and lieutenant.
Sheriff Wilson has created a working rank structure within the Sheriff's Office and implemented accountability measures. He is a strong advocate of community policing and crime fighting to make a positive change in the lives of the citizens in Wayne County. Drug enforcement is a number one priority in his administration. This is evident by several historic drug operations, "Operation Bad Medicine 39 arrests" "Operation Unnecessary Medicine 45 arrests". A drug dog, Astro, has been acquired, through a grant at no cost to the citizens of Wayne County, to further aid in the detection of illegal drugs. Crime detection has also been aided by the Crime Fighters program, where citizens can report crime anonymously or arrange private meetings to discuss problems within the community. Since the start of Sheriff Wilsons administration, the crime clearing rate has gone from an average of 18.28% to 71%. The sheriff's office is continuing modernization in all aspects of the office.
In 2011 Sheriff Ric Wilson was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve a four year term on the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission. This is the first time anyone from Wayne County has been chosen to serve on the Commission.
Sheriff Wilson and members of the Wayne County Sheriff's Office are always available to conduct crime prevention and drug awareness programs for schools and civic organizations. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office is currently comprised of 17 certified deputies, 25 correctional officers and 8 dispatchers.
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