New officer, new court clerk for Wheaton

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wilson, Stephens both hired unanimously

The city of Wheaton added two new employees in recent months.

Abby Wilson is the new city of Wheaton court clerk, and Cody Stephens is the new Wheaton police officer.

Abby said she has lived in Wheaton her whole life and she graduated from Wheaton high school in 2001.

“I have a son that is a senior this year,” she said. “My first day was Feb. 7. I have previously been in office positions for a construction company where I did payroll, bills and invoices — a lot of what I am doing now.”

Wilson said she and her family have lived in Wheaton her entire life, so she feels like she knows everyone, and everyone knows her.

“When the position became available, I applied,” she said. “I deal with people who come in for court, the prosecutor and judge, send letters to defendants and keep up with CaseNet.”

Wilson was offered a part-time court clerk position by the city of Wheaton for 30 hours per week, at $11.50 per hour, and the vote to hire Wilson was unanimous.

Cody Stephens, joined the Wheaton police department as a full time officer in February.

“I worked for the Barry County Sheriff’s Office for seven years,” he said. “After that, I got out of law enforcement for a time and worked at EFCO. [Clint] Danforth [Wheaton police chief] offered me the job in Wheaton and I took it.”

Stephens joined the Barry County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) straight out of the police academy.

“I always enjoyed helping people to the best of my ability, and was interested in law enforcement,” he said. “I have continued training over the 7 years I spent at BCSO and now that I am with Wheaton.”

Some of the training and certifications Stephens holds includes, taser certification, radar certification, DWI crash investigation classes and other post academy certifications.

“I have always loved to help people with anything they need,” he said. “Before I went to the police academy, I was a firefighter with Cassville for 8 years.

“I would go to crashes and I always wanted to do more, so I became and officer. I want to help keep the peace.”

Stephen grew up in Cassville and graduated from Cassville high school in 2004.

The city of Wheaton hired Stephens as a full-time police officer at $14 per hour. The motion to hire Stephens passed unanimously.

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