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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum said the changes he made in his office's organizational structure when he took over on Jan. 8 were necessary because it was a case of too many chiefs with no straight line of authority. 

“I felt it was not right,” said McCallum, who is at a Florida Sheriff's Association meeting this week, updated the Chiefland Rotary Club on Jan. 23.  Among his first moves after taking over from retired Sheriff Johnny Smith was to name Brett Beauchamp undersheriff and promote Maj. Mike Sheffield to colonel. McCallum also did away with the rank of major in the office which meant McCallum's opponent in the 2012 Republican primary, Maj. Evan Sullivan, was forced out.

He said having two equals in charge creates problems of employees not knowing who is in charge and for some to “get two or three answers” to questions. 

He said the office's 152 employees now “know who to turn to for answers.”

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