A retired Madison County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy will hit the streets as a patrolman with the Wood River Police Department starting Monday. Brad Wells retired last week from the county and will return on January 5th to the department where he got his start.
Wells spent his first few years as an officer with Wood River before joining the Madison County Sheriff’s Department under Sheriff Bob Churchich in 1992. Wells spent many years in the detective division including working with the St. Louis Area Major Case Squad and was Madison County Chief of Detectives from 2006 to 2011. He was promoted to major and named chief deputy under Sheriff Bob Hertz in 2011 and served in that role until this month. Hertz lost in his reelection bid to John Lakin in the March primary and Lakin won in an uncontested race in November. Sheriff Lakin has named former Granite City Assistant Police Chief John Connor as his new chief deputy for the sheriff’s department.