Sheriff-elect Richard Roundtree said Wednesday that law enforcement professional Patrick Clayton will become chief deputy when he takes office in January.
Clayton, a former federal drug agent, is chief of safety and security for Richmond County schools, where he has been Roundtree’s supervisor for almost three years.
As a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Clayton has been in Augusta since 1995, when he began working DEA operations out of the Savannah office. In 1997, he and another federal agent were assigned to Augusta to work with a drug enforcement task force in cooperation with several area sheriff’s offices.
Roundtree said the selection of Clayton is the first of several key personnel appointments he will announce in coming days. The chief deputy position has been vacant since the recent retirement of Sid Hatfield.
Roundtree said several other personnel decisions have been made but none he was ready to announce this week. He emphasized that no one is losing a job, although some personnel would be shifted to new responsibilities and positions will be created.
He has said the only major change he intends to make is the creation of a Volunteer Services Division, which will administer a volunteer deputy program, a citizens advisory board and a program for youths.
“No one is going to fire or dismiss any of the current senior staff,” Roundtree said Wednesday.
Clayton has been with Richmond County schools since 2009, when both he and Roundtree were hired. Roundtree has worked as a lieutenant under Clayton.