Regional jail board names new RSW chief

By Ryan Cornell

FRONT ROYAL — The Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren Regional Jail Authority on Thursday named William T. Wilson as its next superintendent.

Wilson, 58, replaces interim superintendent Russell Gilkison, who has served in the position since the jail’s first superintendent, Robert Mulligan, retired in July. Gilkison will work with Wilson as deputy superintendent, a position Gilkison held prior to Mulligan’s departure.

Wilson currently serves as the local facilities supervisor for the Virginia Department of Corrections in Richmond. His first day at the RSW Regional Jail is Wednesday.

Conrad Helsley, vice chairman of the jail authority board, said Wilson gave an excellent interview and has a wealth of knowledge.

“Having worked at the D.O.C., he knows those rules and regulations, he knows a lot of people in dealing with jails throughout the state of Virginia and we just felt that he could bring some expertise to this facility that we need at this time,” Helsley said. “And we think that he and Russ [Gilkison] will work great together.”

In a news release, Board Chairman Doug Stanley said Wilson’s “vast number of contacts” and connections in Richmond would aid the jail authority with state funding.

Wilson’s starting salary is $90,000.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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