Stockton received the promotion through written testing and a competitive interview process, ISP Supt. Paul Whitesell said.
As the commander, Stockton's primary responsibility is to direct the activities of personnel assigned to the Drug Enforcement Section and perform administrative and staff actions required to properly coordinate and supervise the DES operations, including supervision of all drug investigations, division planning, budgeting, grant writing and training.
A Putnam County native, Lt. Stockton graduated from North Putnam High School and holds criminal justice and law enforcement degrees from Vincennes University and Concordia University, summa cum laude.
Lt. Stockton, a 26-year veteran of the ISP, graduated from the Indiana Recruit School in 1986 and was initially assigned to the former Connersville Post in east-central Indiana.
In 1993 Stockton transferred to the ISP Major Drug Section and was assigned to highway interdiction. In 1994 he accepted a position as an undercover detective within the ISP and worked closely with the federal agencies U.S. Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
Stockton was promoted to sergeant in 2001 in the ISP White Collar Crime Unit, investigating financial and public corruption crimes throughout Indiana.
In 2009, he was promoted to first sergeant of the ISP Special Investigations Section, supervising Auto Theft, Child Crimes, Cyber Crimes and White Collar Crimes until his promotion to his current rank of lieutenant. During his tenure Lt. Stockton has been a visiting instructor with the National White Collar Crime Center and has lectured in Hawaii, Texas, Maine and New Mexico on interviewing techniques.
Lt. Stockton said he believes Putnam County is home to some of the nation's best state, county and municipal police officers and emergency personnel.
Stockton and his wife reside in Putnam County. His wife of 27 years is a tenured professor at DePauw University.