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Wheeler retires as chief deputy of Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

Garth Wheeler

by Tom Chillemi

Garth Wheeler, Chief Deputy of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office (MSO) is retiring after over 42 years in law enforcement. 

Wheeler came to the MSO in May 2015 with more than 38 years of law enforcement experience, including a term as head of the Department of Criminal Justice Services under Governor Bob McDonnell. In 1994, under Governor George Allen’s administration, Wheeler accepted a position as the Director of Law Enforcement with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where he served for four years.

“It was a pleasure to have him here,” said Middlesex Sheriff David P. Bushey. “I feel honored that someone with his credentials would come here. What he was paid was not nearly enough for the experience he gave us in return. I will miss him, and I’m glad he will be nearby.”

Wheeler said he had the “good fortune to work with some incredible folks” during his career in a variety of departments. “Each was a unique rewarding experience for me,” he said.

Wheeler said one of the most satisfying overall accomplishments while at the MSO was being a part of building a team and allowing the team to do their jobs. “Middlesex County is fortunate to have some fine law enforcement professionals serving their community. This didn’t happen by accident. I’m proud to have been a part of putting this team together over the past four years,” he said.  

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posted 02.21.2019

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