Evansville Regional Lab Manager Retires after 40 Years of Dedicated Service

Evansville Regional Lab Manager Retires after 40 Years of Dedicated Service


After serving 40 years with the Indiana State Police, Joe Vetter has decided it’s time to retire and enjoy more time with his wife and family.

Vetter started his career with the Indiana State Police in 1977 when he graduated from the academy and was assigned to the Connersville Post. In 1979 he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the General Headquarters Laboratory in Indianapolis while the Evansville Regional Lab was being built.

Vetter was sent to the National Training Center of Polygraph Science in New York City where he received his Polygraph Examiner certification.

 In March 1980, Vetter was assigned to the Evansville Regional Laboratory and served as the Assistant Laboratory Manager and Polygraph Examiner.

He was promoted to First Sergeant in 1987 to serve as the Laboratory Manager at the Evansville Regional Lab. Vetter retired as an Indiana State Trooper in 2007, but was rehired as a civilian with the rank of Forensic Science Supervisor and was assigned as Laboratory Manager of the Evansville Regional laboratory.

 “Joe has been an integral part of our laboratory operations for over 37 years. The knowledge and experience he developed during his years of dedicated service is not something that we can readily replace.  Joe fostered an atmosphere of respect, open communication, and above all-service to others. Joe has served his staff and the Indiana Criminal Justice System in Southwest Indiana well. His selfless dedication to duty as Manager at our Evansville Regional Laboratory has resulted in him leaving us better than when he started, which in my view is the true mark of a successful career. We all wish Joe well as he and his family start the next well deserved chapter in their lives,” said Major Steve Holland, Commander of the Indiana State Police Laboratory Division.

 Vetter and his wife, Julie, reside in Evansville.