Wilson to become 911 director


Stuart Wilson

Sgt. Stuart Wilson feels lucky to be able embark on a new career while staying in the same type of work.

“I'm calling it phase two of my career,” he said Tuesday. “It's a good opportunity for me to continue service. This is something that I can do when I'm 60, instead of being a cop.”

Wilson, 45, has accepted a position as director of Dubois County’s 911 Communications Center. He will retire from a 22-year career with the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office on April 9.

“This is an exciting time for me. This is a really good opportunity,” he said. “And hopefully I can continue serving Dubois county in a good capacity for a lot of years to come.”

Wilson was 23 when he started at the county sheriff’s office in 1998 as a jail officer. Wilson was sworn in as a sheriff’s deputy in 1999. He was promoted to sergeant in 2016 and appointed as public information officer in 2019.

And while he loves serving as a cop, Wilson knew he couldn’t do it until his old age. “Law enforcement is a young man's job and I am not young anymore,” he said. “I'm not old, but it's not a realistic expectation to be a cop for 40 years.

“I was looking for something in public safety and public service as a continuation of my career, that I could continue to do for many years in the future.”

So when the position of 911 director was advertised, he applied. He was selected from 23 applicants.

“I just feel like it is a good fit,” Wilson said. “It's working with a lot of the same persons that I've previously worked with. It’s within my wheelhouse.”

But he knows he has a lot to learn to fill the administrative position. “I have to learn how to be a dispatcher and complete a lot of formal training that goes along with that,” he said. “So it's going to be a big process and it's going to be a busy year for me.”

He is currently learning some parts of the position from the current director, Jeana Mathies. She will retire on May 7. Wilson will officially start at the 911 center April 12, to continue training with Mathies.

“We're going to hopefully have a smooth transition,” Wilson said. “But I obviously have a lot to learn about the new facility and the new responsibilities.”

Wilson graduated from Forest Park High School in 1993 and Vincennes University in 1993 with an associate’s degree in law enforcement. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Huntingburg with their daughter. He likes to relax on a boat with his family on Patoka Lake as well as travel with his wife on their Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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