Staff

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Director of Support Services

James Thomson is the Director of the Support Services Division. He has command of the Laclede County Detention Facility, 911 Operations and Court Security. Thomson has over 30-years of management experience in the private sector as well as command and supervisory experience in law enforcement. Thomson was a Beaumont, Texas Police officer, Waynesville Police Department, St. Robert Police Department and the Lebanon Police Department. Thomson ended his law enforcement career as a Lieutenant with the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomson spent 30-years with Wal-Mart as a manager before retiring 2016. He assumed Division Command of the Support Services on January 1, 2017.

Assistant Director of Support Services

Sam Allen is the Assistant Director of Support Services has operational command over Court Security and 911 Operations. Allen has over 30-years of management experience in the public sector. Allen retired from the Department of Natural Resources, at the time of his retirement he was Park Superintendent at Bennett Springs State Park. After his first retirement Allen became the Director of Transportation for the Lebanon R-3 School District. Allen left that position and spent 17-years as the Park and Community Services Director for the City of Lebanon. Allen retired from that position spent a number of years as the Deputy Coroner for Laclede County. Allen left that position and became the office manager and case supervisor for Court Probationary Services.

Allen served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in Laclede County in the 1980s, and was commissioned as a Park Ranger during his stint with the Department of Natural Resources. Allen’s great grandfather was the Laclede County Sheriff in the 1920’s and 30s. Allen assumed his current position on January 1, 2017

Captain of Operations

Richard Wrinkle is the dean of law enforcement officers in Laclede County. Wrinkle began his career with the Lebanon Police Department in 1974. He left the LPD and served as a deputy sheriff in Laclede County under Sheriff Francis Murphy in 1975. Wrinkle did a second stint in the Army as a Military Policeman, before coming back to Laclede County and serving as Chief Deputy for Lawrence Rifenberg in 1977. Wrinkle left the Sheriff’s Office in 1979 and returned to the Lebanon Police Department. At LPD he served as a detective, sergeant, and as a Lieutenant. Wrinkle served as Laclede County Sheriff for three terms.

Wrinkle returned to the Sheriff’s Office on January 1, 2017. He has the distinction of serving as a deputy for three different sheriffs in two different centuries.