Former detective takes on new role in Wabaunsee County

TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) -- Brett Wilson began his career in law enforcement in 1987 with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department.

"I was on patrol for probably all total 19 years. But I also did some street drug interdiction for about four years. And then I was a detective for the last 12 - 13 years of my career,” Wilson explained.

After a little more than 30 years in September of 2018 Wilson retired.

"Me and the wife traveled around the United States, did some stuff we hadn't been able to do because of my work schedule. And I did some remodeling on my house, and I was getting that done,” he said.

Just a couple of months later he felt like he was running out of things to do, so he began looking at other career opportunities.

"I'm fairly young you know. I'm 55 years old, and I did not want to sit around my house for the next 30 years. I did not want to go work for a retail company somewhere. You know some folks retire and they just go get some little job. I wasn't ready for that yet."

One day Wilson received an unexpected call from the Wabaunsee County Sheriff Rob Hoskins.

"He was a trusted friend and a trusted advisor. When I had an undersheriff opening I called him and asked him to come to Wabaunsee County,” Hoskins said.

Since March Wilson has adjusted to his new role. He has faced some challenges coming from a larger department.

"You know Johnson has that rich snobby reputation which is not really true. I'm not sure how that got started, but people do have that stigma coming from there. So yes I had to get past that here."

However, in just a short amount time Undersheriff Wilson began to fit in just fine.

"The people are very friendly. They've been very welcoming to me. It's a new home for me."

Sheriff Hoskins said Wilson brought a lot of valuable tools to the department.

"His knowledge and his expertise in many areas has been a blessing for our county,” he said.

Wilson said he has no regrets on returning back to work, and doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.

"I will be in this office as long as Sheriff Hoskins wants me, or is in office,” he added.