Joseph W. Wright Named FLETC Chief of StaffAug 08, 2013
Glynco, GA – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Director Connie L. Patrick named Joseph W. “Woody” Wright as Chief of Staff and Assistant Director, Washington Operations Directorate. Wright will continue to serve as the Assistant Director for the Field Training Directorate until a replacement is selected.
“Wright has gained well-deserved respect from all levels of the federal, as well as the state, local, rural, campus, tribal and territorial law enforcement communities,” noted Patrick. “His vast law enforcement experience and outstanding leadership skills will benefit the FLETC and the Department of Homeland Security in this new role.”
Wright has served as Assistant Director of the Field Training Directorate since June 2011, where he directed and oversaw the FLETC’s three field site training delivery points located in Charleston, S.C., Cheltenham, Md., and Artesia, N.M., as well as the Office of State, Local, Rural, Tribal and Territorial Training. Previously, Wright served as the Site Director, Office of Artesia Operations, from 2002 to 2011.
Having served in law enforcement for more than 40 years, Wright began his career in 1970 as a part-time jailor/dispatcher for the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office in Truth or Consequences, N.M. He served in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist/Narcotic Detector Dog Handler and as a Patrol Officer/Investigator with the Breese Police Department in Illinois.
Wright returned to New Mexico, served as a Deputy with the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office, and moved to Artesia to serve as an Undercover Narcotics Agent, Patrol Officer and Detective for the Artesia Police Department. He joined the FLETC-Artesia staff as an instructor and was later assigned as the Director of Law Enforcement Training for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. He was selected as the Chief of Administration at the FLETC-Artesia, and subsequently the Assistant Director of the FLETC-Artesia.
Wright attended McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill., where he majored in criminal justice. He also attended McKinley College in Colorado where he studied business administration.
The FLETC trains the majority of federal officers and agents in the United States. In addition to providing training for over 90 federal partner organizations, FLETC also provides training to state, local, tribal and international police in selected advanced programs; graduates approximately 70,000 students annually and is the largest law enforcement training organization in the country.
Headquartered on a 1600-acre campus at Glynco, near Brunswick, Ga., the FLETC operates facilities in Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cheltenham, Maryland. The FLETC also has oversight responsibility on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security for the International Law Enforcement Academies at Gaborone, Botswana; and Bangkok, Thailand.