Lane served more than 31 years as a law enforcement officer prior to becoming the Wise County Sheriff.  He began his career at D/FW Airport with their Department of Public Safety when the airport opened in 1974.  Two years later, Lane joined the Texas Department of Public Safety.  He served as a Highway Patrol Trooper, a Narcotics Agent, Texas Ranger and a Texas Ranger supervisor.  Lane was a member of the first DPS Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team for Region 1.  Just prior to retirement, he was the supervising Texas Ranger Lieutenant for Company “B,” the northeastern corner of Texas.  In 2009 and 2010, he was the Enforcement Captain for Wise County S.O.

A native of Texas, Lane earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M Commerce.  He and his wife Kay moved to Decatur in 1992 where Lane served as the Texas Ranger for Wise, Jack, and Montague County.  He was twice named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Wise, Jack, and Montague County Criminal Justice Association


Chief Deputy Kevin Benton
Chief Deputy Kevin Benton

Kevin came to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in 2010 as Captain of Enforcement Operations. Benton began his law enforcement career in 1987 at the Montague County Sheriff’s Office as a Patrol Deputy. He was later promoted to Sergeant and served as a Felony Investigator. He was appointed Sheriff and subsequently elected Sheriff of Montague County. As that term concluded he was offered a position as a Felony Investigator for the 235th District Attorney’s Office. He served the next 15 years as a Felony Investigator for the 235th and 97th Judicial Districts, managing white collar crime and major felony investigations, routinely working with Grand Juries and District Courts.

Benton holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and a TCLEOSE Instructor’s License. Benton graduated in 2008 from the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, VA, where he studied Constitutional Law, Forensics, and Behavioral Sciences with emphasis on violent offenders. In 2008, Benton was sworn in as a Special U.S. Deputy Marshal and received a special deputation from the FBI for the purpose of assisting Federal Agencies on a Violent Crimes Task Force and a Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Benton has been married over 30 years to wife Cindy. He is the father of one son and one daughter.

Captain Wes Wallace
Captain Wes Wallace

In June 2014 Wes Wallace began his employment with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office as the Captain of Enforcement Operations.

Wallace has over twenty-six years of service in law enforcement. He began his career with the Bowie Police Department. He started as a reserve peace officer for the Bowie Police Department and later served in the capacities of patrolman, patrol sergeant, criminal investigations sergeant and lieutenant. He retired from the Bowie Police Department in 2010 with twenty years of service. Wallace was offered and accepted a position as a Felony Investigator for the 271st District Attorney’s Office serving Wise and Jack Counties. He worked for the District Attorney’s Office four years investigating felony cases and working routinely with local, state and federal law enforcement. He holds a Master Peace Officer Certification and has received numerous certificates and accommodations throughout his career.

Wallace has been married over twenty years to wife, Mitzi. Wes and Mitzi have three beautiful daughters and three awesome grandchildren.


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Chaplain Donn Purcell is a Lay Pastor at Pleasant Grove Cowboy Church.  He is retired from the U.S. Army.  He served in the 1st Aviation Brigade and conducted combat missions along the Cambodia and South Vietnam borders.  After retiring in 1989, Donn joined the Maryland State Police.  He was assigned to the aviation division as a trooper-pilot.  He came to Wise County in 2007 as the Rolling V pilot and ranch foreman.  He and his wife live on the ranch near Newark.

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Sheriff Lane Akin

Chief Deputy Kevin Benton

Captain Wes Wallace

Administrative Assistant Lydia Moseley

Communications Manager Susan Gomez

Jail Administrator Rick Denney

Chaplain Donn Purcell