Sheriff makes management changes

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By Lou Elliott Jones

 Sheriff Bobby McCallum, who took office at midnight Dec. 31, has already started organizing his management team at 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 there the position of division director and the rank of major will not exist after Tuesday, Jan. 8. McCallum will be formally sworn in on that date in a ceremony at the Levy County Courthouse for incoming officials.

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.

Sheffield will be responsible for supervising and directing all operations and personnel and will have primary responsibility for the Law Enforcement, Corrections and 911 Bureaus, according to McCallum's memo. Sheffield has nearly 25 years with the Sheriff's Office.

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 officefor proficiency, efficiency and professionalism and other changes may be forthcoming.

In the staff 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.”