On May 2, 2018, Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp appointed Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. to the position of Chief of Investigations.
Chief Wilson started his career in the criminal justice system with Essex County in 1993 before joining the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office in 1995. He worked as a Corrections Officer and then was promoted to Detective in 1997 and assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Identification.
In 1999, Chief Wilson joined the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office as a Detective, where he primarily worked major crimes and sex crimes cases.
In 2000, Chief Wilson joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a Detective. He worked in the General Investigations Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit before being assigned in 2002 to the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued in the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit as the supervisor.
In June of 2006, Chief Wilson was assigned as the Sergeant of the Major Crimes and Cold Case Units. In May of 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and, in addition to the Major Crimes Unit, he also supervised the Arson/Environmental Crimes, Homeland Security, Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment and Megan’s Law Units.
In July of 2014, Chief Wilson was promoted to Tactical Operations Captain and assigned command of the Tactical Division. In August of 2016, he was transferred to command the Special Operations Division, consisting of the Special Enforcement, Homeland Security, Intelligence and High Tech Crimes Units, as well as Commander of the Rapid Deployment Team, of which he has been a member of since 2004.
In May of 2017, he was promoted to Deputy Chief responsible for the command of all the investigative units.
Over the course of his career, Chief Wilson has received numerous commendations from various agencies for his investigative work, as well as his supervision of numerous homicides, sex crimes and violent crimes investigations. He was also recognized for his participation as a squad leader with the Rapid Deployment Team assigned to the 2005 Presidential Inauguration Security Detail in Washington, D.C. and his response and efforts at Ground Zero on 9/11.
Chief Wilson is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Computer Science and is a recipient of the Jack A. Mark Memorial Award for his academic achievements at the School of Criminal Justice.
Chief Wilson has instructed at the Sex Crimes Investigations Course and the Effective Death Investigations Course in the area of interview and interrogation. He is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.