Levy County Sheriff Johnny Smith has made several changes in the operation of his department, including hiring the former Cedar Key police chief and promoting six people in his office.
Charles W. "Bubba" Castell, former Cedar Key police chief, has been hired as a civil deputy to work in the Levy County Courthouse.
Castell replaces a deputy who has moved to the patrol division.
Chief Deputy Mike Johnson, a major in the office, has been promoted to the newly ceated position of colonel.
Capt. Mike Sheffield, jail administrator, is promoted to major.