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Roundtree announces sheriff's department changes

Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 9:19 AM
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 1:54 AM
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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.

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/31/12 - 10:02 am
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Seriously agree with some of the appointments

for their professional and background skills.

Only saw 2 clear political appointments that I might issues with.
But 1 was positioned in a safe new dept. The other was political pay back promotion.

The choices by and large seem to be based on proven skills to do the job.

So far so good, Sheriff Roundtree.

Btw: I'll start my running score 1 day early, since these are semi-official.

1/0

scorehouse
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scorehouse 12/31/12 - 10:31 am
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big questions
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were all these new positions created out of thin air? or were other people demoted or fired? also, with all these new positions and promotions, how much does that increase the budget?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 12/31/12 - 10:41 am
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Double Dip?

Will this Ramone Lamkin, a Georgia State Trooper, be drawing two salaries when he also becomes a lieutenant in the Traffic Safety Division?

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 12/31/12 - 10:49 am
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No. He will have to resign his position with GSP.
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I am sensing a HUGE shakeup. I can't wait!!!

I'm Back Again
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I'm Back Again 12/31/12 - 10:50 am
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Little Lamb
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He will have to resign from GSP.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/31/12 - 11:30 am
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...and me here with a vacation day.

....just damn. Great moves though...I would say the department is moving in the right direction. INCREDIBLE sub-text going on...guess it will wait until Wednesday.

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 12/31/12 - 12:41 pm
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I'm Pretty Impressed
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I'm pretty impressed with this reorganization. Like OpenCurtain said, we'll have to see how this shakes out. Sounds to me like the "Community Services" division is going to be BUSY, real quick. Since I work downtown, I want to see some environmental changes by Spring. Good start, though.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 12/31/12 - 01:20 pm
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I don't know the others. I

I don't know the others. I am glad about Peebles promotion. Seems like some positive moves thus far.

willie7
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willie7 12/31/12 - 01:34 pm
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Good Moves and Appointments,
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Good Moves and Appointments, Roundtree.
Happy to see Wendy get a promotion. She's a great officer!

Peacefuleasyfeeling
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Peacefuleasyfeeling 12/31/12 - 01:38 pm
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Congrats Ramone Lamkin !!

Congrats Ramone Lamkin !! Couldnt think of a more deserving individual. Best of luck in your new position.

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 12/31/12 - 02:25 pm
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Little lamb, I know that the

Little lamb, I know that the article is poorly worded, but do you actually think that Lt. Lamkin will still be a paid GSP Trooper AND a RC Deputy at the same time? Obviously he has resigned his position as a GSP Trooper to take the position with RC. I don't think that either governmental agency would allow it any other way.

corgimom
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corgimom 12/31/12 - 03:41 pm
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"Other changes in the order

"Other changes in the order include promoting Capt. Scott Peebles, who ran against Roundtree for sheriff, to major over the Criminal Investigations Division".... as a thank you for his endorsement in the runoff election.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/31/12 - 10:00 pm
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Interesting...

I have told folks to expect some interesting and good movements in the Dept.

harley_52
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harley_52 01/01/13 - 12:36 am
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"I have told folks...

...to expect some interesting and good movements in the Dept."

You nailed it again, Brad.

Congratulations....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/01/13 - 06:36 am
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I wonder what Austin is

I wonder what Austin is talking about?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/01/13 - 06:41 am
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Could Be the Greatest Sheriff Ever

Sheriff Roundtree could be the greatest sheriff in the history of the county. He can go into the communities where there are problems and get the people to join with him in the battle to make Augusta safer. He's young enough to actively get out among the people, smart enough and, yes, the right race to gain the trust of those he needs to help. He brings lots of positive dynamics.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/01/13 - 08:23 am
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Roundtree

I hope he is an amazing Sherff....we all know Richmond county needs THAT!

Freddie Sanders was a very gracious loser.......& I'm sure he puts the county first.......& keep this in mind ....there were very few negative comments between Tree & Freddie.....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/01/13 - 08:28 am
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I hope Freddie is advising

I hope Freddie is advising Tree.

TCB22
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TCB22 01/01/13 - 12:07 pm
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Whaaa?

Did I just hear Meredith Anderson correctly on Ch 12 noon day news? A man was shot to death at a club on the very first day of the year and the new sheriff says he can't comment because it's a holiday and he is spending time with his family? Some jobs are 24/7 and sheriff is one of them. This is just wrong.

dougmo
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dougmo 01/01/13 - 02:15 pm
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@ Austin Rhodes

1. Puddin stick - Neal Boortz
2. just damn - Royal Marshall

At least try to be original Austin

movingforward
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movingforward 01/01/13 - 03:11 pm
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Principles of Change

Mr. Roundtree, I am sure you are familar with Hall & Hord , Implementing Change. These principles are imperative to a smooth organizational change.

1. Change is a process
2.There are significant differences in what is entailed in development and implementation of an innovation.
3. An organization does not change until the individuals within it change.
4.Innovation comes in different sizes.
5.Interventions are the actions and events that are key to the success of the change process.
6.There will be no change in outcomes until new practices are implemented.
7. Administrator Leadership is essential to long-term change success.
8. Mandates can work
9.The sheriff department is the primary unit for change.
10. Facilitating change is a team effort.
11. Appropriate intervention reduce resistance to change
12. The context of the Sheriff Department influences the process of change.

Wishing you and staff much success in this change process

Johnny Hensley
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Johnny Hensley 01/01/13 - 03:25 pm
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Strong Oak, Big TREE!!!

Harrisburg is abuzz about all the NEW police activity in the area with strangers being stopped early in the morning and frisked, blue lights chasing speeders on Broad Street. I have a feeling they can SEE THE TREE. So happy for Scott Peebles...he deserves it...and all the new appointments seem to get cudos from MOST people. All the men and women in Law Enforcement need our prayers. It's an insane word out there....and they're usually the first to have to confront the insanity.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/01/13 - 09:09 pm
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TCB22

TCB22, When I read this article about Roundtree's staff changes this morning I actually was getting somewhat hopeful, only to have my hopes deflated again at noon. I couldn't believe my ears either: Meredith Anderson on Ch 12 afternoon news reports a man was shot and killed on Peach Orchard Road and the new sheriff says he can't comment because the Sheriff's office is closed and he wants to spend the day with his family. That might be fine when working underneath someone else at the Board of Education, but Roundtree is Sheriff as of today and should have exhibited the leadership skills he claims to have, immediately. He should have either made comment or directed one of his PR people do so. I hope this is not a sign of things to come. Law-abiding citizens are counting on his leadership; criminals are counting on him to duck and cover.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/02/13 - 11:05 am
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I love it for Scott too! He

I love it for Scott too! He certainly does deserve this promotion .

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/02/13 - 11:07 am
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Tune in today River and you

Tune in today River and you may find out.

SemperParatus
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SemperParatus 01/03/13 - 10:02 pm
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Gary Powell

Gary Powell didn't deserve a demotion.

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