County Judge of Monroe County
Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
Freeman Justice Center ~ Monroe County Courthouse
302 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040
Mark Wilson was appointed to the County Court by Governor Rick Scott in 2017. Before his appointment, Judge Wilson served for twelve years as a prosecutor at the Office of the State Attorney for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, where he finished as Chief Assistant State Attorney. For four years he was concurrently appointed as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where he prosecuted federal crimes in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He was the first prosecutor in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit to have ever received such an appointment.
Before moving to the Florida Keys, Judge Wilson served as a judicial clerk to Justice J. Michael Eakin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He also served for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at The Pennsylvania State University and Widener University, where he taught criminal law, criminal procedure, advanced criminal procedure, and evidence.
Before his legal career, Judge Wilson served as a trooper with the Wyoming State Highway Patrol, where he twice led the state in the number of traffic violators apprehended. He spent four years as an enlisted man in the United States Army, where he served as a paratrooper in the 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 187th Infantry Regiment at Fort Kobbe, Panama and the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Among other awards, he received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and a Combat Infantry Badge for service in Operation Just Cause, the United States invasion of Panama which deposed Panamanian dictator General Manuel Noriega. He was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm, the First Gulf War. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant.
Judge Wilson received his secondary education from the Religious Society of Friends, a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from Rutgers College, a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Laws from Yeshiva University. He lives in Key West with his wife and daughter.