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 Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson was sworn in as Chief Deputy in August 2017 after he officially stepped down from his post as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2. His 25 year law enforcement career began with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office in the early ’90’s as undercover narcotics under Sheriff Phil Ryan. He then promoted to criminal investigations before his career led him to the Grapevine Police Department where he worked from 1994 until he retired in 2013. In 2014, Craig worked as a private investigator briefly before being named interim Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace. Craig ran for office in the next general election and was elected to a four year term where he served as Justice of the Peace until his appointment as Chief Deputy in August of 2017.
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.
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.