New VZC jail administrator ready to lead

Wendy Boles, far left, the new Van Zandt County Jail Administrator, goes over an inmate file with VZC Jail Operations Clerk Teri Gillispie and VZC Jail Lieutenant Harold Canaday. Boles first worked as a jailer in VZC in 1988 and rejoined the force in 2013 as a jailer, sgt. and lieutenant before being named to her new position last month.

Responding to an ad that she read in the Canton Herald in the late 1990’s was the start of a career change for new Van Zandt County Jail Administrator Wendy Boles.

“I started working here in 1998 when Bill Dean was the sheriff,” recalled Boles. “I loved it. I worked as a jailer and then became sergeant at the jail.”

Boles did leave in 2001 to start a pipeline company in Cleburne with her husband at that time, David Moseley, but nine years later, in November, 2010, Moseley passed away.

“In 2011, I sold the company,” pointed out Boles. “My dad was in bad health at the time and I moved back to Canton to be closer to my dad and my family and I have been in Canton ever since.”

Boles returned to the VZC Sheriff’s Department in 2013 when Lindsay Ray was the sheriff. “I worked as a jailer at first,” said Boles. “A few months later, I became a sergeant and a few months after that, I became a lieutenant.” She was named as the new jail administrator last month after applying for the position.

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