Law enforcement official and public safety expert Wesley “Wes” Stought brings more than two decades of strategic leadership, security and project management and experience to Hillard Heintze in his role as Associate Director of Security Risk Management.
Before joining Hillard Heintze, Wes served in the Ohio State Highway Patrol for more than 20 years. In this role, he rose in the ranks to sergeant, serving as an assistant post commander at three different post assignments before transferring to the training academy. Wes served as an instructor and a course director in multiple training disciplines, training several hundred officers from agencies across Ohio and neighboring states.
While assigned to the training academy Wes began his work in the Drug Recognition Program. Wes was transferred to the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, and appointed by the colonel to serve as the state coordinator/director of the State of Ohio Drug Recognition Expert Program. Wes served on the Ohio Drug Recognition Expert Steering Committee which developed the initial standards that qualified Ohio’s program through the International Association of Chiefs of Police. As the Ohio Drug Recognition Expert Coordinator, he developed relationships with federal, state, county and local law enforcement throughout the State of Ohio and the country. He provided administrative and operational leadership to the Ohio Drug Recognition program involving hundreds of law enforcement agencies statewide.
Wes also instituted technology solutions to increase the effectiveness of the program in reporting and communication. He initiated, planned and designed drug recognition training for hundreds of municipal and county law enforcement departments and created the infrastructure necessary to ensure the longevity and growth of this program, which he designed to secure Ohio’s roads and better protect its drivers and residents. Under Wes’ leadership, the initiative matured quickly from infancy to one of the leading such programs in the nation.
Wes also organized high-level briefings and training with various judges and attorneys, and provided expert testimony in criminal cases concerning drug use. He coordinated the International Drug Recognition Expert Conference in 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio with nearly 1,000 attendees from across the U.S. He has extensive training in pharmacology and is an accomplished public speaker.