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Sheriff Bobby McCallum, who took office at midnight Dec. 31, is putting his imprint on the Levy County Sheriff's Office naming W.O. “Brett” Beauchamp III as undersheriff/legal advisor and elevating Maj. Mike Sheffield of corrections to the rank of colonel and naming him chief of staff.
McCallum, in a memo to sheriff's employees that is dated Jan. 1, said he was altering the command structure after discussions with employees “and reviewing the current structure it is my belief that the present organizational structure does not provide for a clear and distinct chain of command. As a result of this fact, supervisory decisions have been circumvented and have left personnel with a lack of clear direction.”
The move means the position of division director and the rank of major went out of existence Tuesday, Jan. 8. McCallum was formally sworn in on that date in a ceremony at the Levy County Courthouse for incoming officials.
The move does away with the position held by Sheriff's Maj. Evan Sullivan, McCallum's opponent in the bitterly contested Republican primary. McCallum said Sullivan's position was abolished as of Jan. 7.
Beauchamp and McCallum's ties date to the days when they worked together and it was after McCallum campaigned in Beauchamp's losing bid for the sheriff's office in 2004 that McCallum, then a Levy Sheriff's Office major was fired by recently retired Sheriff Johnny Smith.
In the memo, McCallum said Beauchamp will be responsible for directing all personnel and operations, and have primary responsibility for the Administrative and Legal Bureau of the Sheriffs Office. In the latter position Beauchamp will review and coordinate all legal matters for the office.
In addition to the Levy Sheriff's Office, Beauchamp has worked for Clay County Sheriffs Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, as an attorney and is a member of the Florida Bar.
While McCallum will have an executive assistant, Beauchamp will also oversee the finance director, finance officer, human resources director,
property manager, internal affairs and public information officer.
Sheffield will be responsible for supervising and directing all operations and personnel and will have primary responsibility for the Law Enforcement, Corrections and 911Bureaus. Sheffield has nearly 25 years with the Sheriff's Office. He will oversee the Detention Bureau, Criminal Investigations, 911/Information Technology, Patrol, Special Operations, Civil and Community Resource officers — including the school resource officers, Administrative Services and Fleet Maintenance.
The sheriff said new organizational charts and job descriptions have been prepared and will be forthcoming as well as additions/amendments to the policy and procedures of the Sheriffs Office. Until then, all other policies and procedures will remain in effect, McCallum said in the memo.
McCallum made clear more changes may be coming, saying he is evaluating all sections of the office for proficiency, efficiency and professionalism and other changes may be forthcoming.
On Tuesday, McCallum released organizational charts, with some changes, but with some positions left the same:
• Lt. Scott Tummond remains in charge of the Criminal Investigations and two victim advocates.
• Patrol is overseen by three lieutenants — Scott Finnen, Shawn Hunt and Perry Ott. They will oversee four sergeants, four corporals and 20 deputies.
• Special Operations is headed by Capt. Scott Anderson, who will be over the warrants clerk, marine unit, K-9 unit, the drug task force — which includes a lieutenant, corporal and three officers, and the dispatch supervisor — including four shift supervisors and 8 dispatchers.
• Civil deputies will be overseen by Lt. Todd Polo who has a clerk deputy and six deputies.
• Lt. Betty Lou Schultz, Sheffield's No. 2 at the County Jail, is chief of security over the staff of 33.
• Lt. Eloise Guyton is chief of facility operations at the jail where she will oversee maintenance, medical services, property and contract employees.
• Lt. Todd Horne is chief of support services which includes transportation.
One change McCallum told the County Commission about on Tuesday is there will no longer be a full-time agriculture crime investigator. “We don't have a level of crime for a full-time officer,” McCallum said. “Our goal is to increase the level of training of our investigators,” he said.
Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 3) asked if McCallum would be reviving inmate work details.
The sheriff said there are restrictions on working inmates who have not been sentenced, but he will be having work details for trash pickup along roadways and for cleaning public cemeteries.
McCallum also delivered good news to the commission. He said Sheffield has secured from the U.S. Marshal's Service several federal inmates to be housed at the county jail which will bring in revenue.
“They have been scarce to get,” McCallum said. However, the federal inmates will only be filling empty beds in the current operations. “We are going to get as many as we can without increasing staff,” McCallum said.
In the memo McCallum said he is thankful and privileged to be the Sheriff and is looking forward to working with the staff:
“You have done a great job in the past and I look forward to your support and continued dedication as we strive to serve the citizens of Levy County with professionalism, respect and a caring attitude. In addition, I ask that you treat all citizens and fellow employees with courtesy and respect and at all times treat everyone like you would want to be treated in any given situation.”
To read the sheriff's memo to the employees visit www.chieflandcitizen.com and click on this story, go to the bottom and click on the “Reorganization” link to download the PDF.