Sheriff-elect Richard Roundtree announced major changes today to the sheriff’s office command structure, which will take effect with the new administration on New Year’s Day.
The changes are detailed in an order Roundtree sent out this morning, which affects almost 30 sheriff’s personnel, including 10 members of the command staff.
In addition to appointing his former boss at Richmond County schools public safety, Patrick Clayton, as his new chief deputy, Roundtree named Lt. Robert Partain as his new colonel, replacing Gary Powell, who will become a captain over the Management Services Division.
Roundtree said Clayton’s duties will focus on administration, while Partain, who ran the narcotics enforcement for Sheriff Ronnie Strength, will be in charge of daily operations.
Other changes in the order include promoting Capt. Scott Peebles, who ran against Roundtree for sheriff, to major over the Criminal Investigations Division, and the naming of two other captains and three lieutenants to the command staff.
The captains are Leonard Hart, assigned to criminal investigations, and Wendy George, assigned to the Community Services Division.
Bill Probus, a former captain with the Columbia County sheriff’s office, was named lieutenant in charge of the Office of Professional Standards and Training, and Lewis Blanchard, who assisted Roundtree with his campaign, was named a lieutenant with the Community Services Division.
Ramone Lamkin, a Georgia State Trooper, will be a lieutenant in the Traffic Safety Division, and Lt. Calvin Chew, a longtime violent crime investigator, will be in charge of Internal Affairs Division, replacing Lt. Pat Young, who was reassigned to criminal investigations.
Roundtree said Chew also will become the sheriff’s chief public information officer, one of three people assigned to handle requests from the media and other public information responsibilities.
Roundtree said he would be releasing details on a new media relations policy later this week.