Superintendent Richard Van Wickler
Cheshire County Department of Corrections
Richard Van Wickler began his law enforcement career in 1987 and has been the Superintendent of the Cheshire County Department of Corrections in Keene, New Hampshire, since June of 1993. Rick is also an adjunct faculty instructor of American Corrections for Keene State College.
He sen/ed in the active component of the US. Army for three years and retired in December 2006 after 26 years of military service. Van Wickler was a senior instructor for Army ROTC at the University of New Hampshire and retired as a Course Manager for the New Hampshire Military Academy
He has participated in discussions about international drug policy reform at the United Nations and has testified before the House and Senate of New Hampshire on several occasions.
Van Wickler holds a BS. in Management from Franklin Pierce University and is a co-recipient of the President’s Community Partner Award from Antioch University Graduate School. He was selected as Correctional Superintendent of the Year in 1997 and 2011. He also received New Hampshire’s Profile Service Award for his many contributions to County Government in 2009.
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