Statement as issued Friday by the Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne:
Fort Wayne, IN -- An Indiana State Police Sergeant who has dedicated the better part of the last 28 years of his life to the service of the citizens of the State of Indiana, has announced his retirement from the Department.
Sergeant Thomas E. Matheny, a native of Huntington, was a 1981 graduate of Huntington North High School. He attended the University of Evansville for three years before being accepted to the 42nd Indiana State Police Recruit Academy in 1984. On November 18th of that year, Matheny was appointed to the Department as a Trooper and assigned to the Lowell post for two and a half years.
In 1987, Matheny transferred to the Fort Wayne post where he served the citizens of Huntington County until his promotion to the rank of Corporal in 1993. In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he was the first line supervisor for the Troopers assigned to Huntington County. As a Sergeant, Matheny also held the position of Field Training Officer Coordinator in which he supervised the District Field Training Officers whose duties were the training of newly appointed Troopers at the Fort Wayne post.
During his career, Matheny served the Department as a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, Field Training Officer, and he also spent six months working in an undercover capacity in the Drug Enforcement Section. Matheny, who resides in Huntington County, is married and has four children and two step-children.