Chad Wicker was born in Galveston, Texas in 1984. His family lived in Northern Louisiana for the better part of his earlier childhood. In 1998, Mr. Wicker’s family moved to Hernando, Mississippi, where Mr. Wicker has made his home ever since.
Currently, Chad Wicker serves in the position of Director of Detention Services for the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department. Prior to his current role with the department, Mr. Wicker has served in various other positions with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department. He started his career in 2006 as a line officer. In 2008 he was promoted to the rank of shift sergeant. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and began serving as acting Director of Detention Services. Finally, in October of 2012, he was promoted to Director of Detention Services.
Mr. Wicker is a graduate of Hernando High School as well as holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Public Administration Degree from Arkansas State University. He is certified law enforcement instructor with the State of Mississippi and a certified taser instructor. He had the opportunity to attend the 20th session of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy in November of 2015. He is a graduate of Leadership Desoto (2016) and Leadership Mississippi (2018). In May of 2017, Mr. Wicker received certification from American Jail Association as a Certified Jail Manager. He has also attended and completed various other jail and correctional training programs. In January of 2019, under the leadership of Mr. Wicker, The Desoto County Adult Detention Facility was initially accredited by The American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections as a core jail.
As well as his employment with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Wicker is a planning commissioner for the City of Hernando and a board member for the non-profit organization “Precious in Pink”. The organization mission statement is to provide a safe and secure environment for female inmates to go once they are released from custody.
Mr. Wicker holds memberships with American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, and Ole Miss Alumni Association
Mr. Wicker is married to Shelby (Dickens) and resides in Hernando, Mississippi with their two children Reeves (9) and Greyson (3).