King & Queen Sheriff's Office: New drug and criminal investigators, promotions, and vacancies

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In case you missed it, there’s been quite a bit of movement within the King & Queen County Sheriff’s Office (KQSO) that was announced over the past couple of weeks.

Mitchell Wilson Now Lieutenant

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On Oct. 12, Sheriff John Charboneau announced that Mitchell Wilson, a King & Queen native, was promoted to lieutenant.

Wilson joined KQSO in 2014 as a dispatcher, and since then, he’s served in a variety of roles, including animal control officer, patrol deputy field training officer, criminal investigator and narcotics investigator, the sheriff’s statement noted.

Currently, he is a general instructor, OC instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and training coordinator as well as lead instructor.

Now, in the role of lieutenant, Wilson hopes to improve and maintain community relations through transparency and providing the highest levels of respect, courtesy, and integrity on every call for service. Wilson also plans to work toward getting the sheriff’s office accredited.

Wilson’s background includes studying criminal justice at the Virginia Wesleyan College and graduating in the 98th session of the Virginia Forensics Science Academy, where officers are taught to collect evidence and process crime scenes.

Barry Radden Named Sergeant

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Last week, Sheriff Charboneau announced that he promoted Barry Radden to sergeant on July 1, and Radden became the delta squad’s patrol supervisor, the department’s administrative supervisor and supervisor of the School Recourse program.

Radden started his law enforcement career in 2004. He has worked in the Patrol Division, School Resource Officer Division, and Community Relations Division. He was promoted to corporal in 2021, and became the quartermaster and inventory specialist.

Clearly still setting additional goals out before him, Radden is now working toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Columbia Southern University. He has a 4.0 grade point average, according to the sheriff, and plans to become a law enforcement administrator.

Phillip Cusick Added as Criminal Investigator

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On Wednesday, the sheriff announced he hired Phillip Cusick as a full-time criminal investigator.

Before coming to King & Queen, Cusick worked for the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office. He attended the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and was promoted to detective.

During his tenure with Westmoreland, Cusick took over violent domestic and sexual assault crimes, became the primary investigator for financial crimes, and created the small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (sUAV) Program, which had several successful missions, Charboneau noted.

Cusick’s background includes serving as a search and rescue swimmer and deep sea diver before being honorably discharged from the Navy. Looking ahead, Cusick wants to create a Citizen’s Police Academy.

Brian Burr promoted to Narcotics Investigator

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Today, Sheriff Charboneau announced he promoted of Brian Burr to narcotics investigator. Although Burr’s primary focus will be narcotics investigations, he will also serve as the property and evidence technician.

Burr, a Navy vet, joined KQSO in 2017 as a part-time animal control officer, was voted Rookie of the Year, and progressed to full-time deputy after graduating from the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy in 2018.

Burr received the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) award for two consecutive years in 2020 and 2021. He is certified as a patrol deputy, ACO, court security and civil process server, school resource officer, field training officer, general instructor with LIDAR, radar certification and commercial motor vehicle inspector, the sheriff noted.

He added that Burr has a strong passion to take impaired drivers off the road and to curb drug sales and usage in the county and therefore is looking forward to his new role.

Positions Open

There is room to add more names with new titles at the King & Queen Sheriff’s Office. The department is hiring full-time and part-time emergency communications officers as well as a full-time patrol deputy. And KQSO is willing to train those who take those positions. There is also an opening for a part-time court security deputy.

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