Date: October 12, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 981-2375 Pager

Colonel Grady Judd Announces Start of Transition Process

Colonel Grady Judd has established a transition team under the leadership of Undersheriff Paul Alley to work on the details regarding Colonel Judd's taking the oath of office for Sheriff on January 4, 2005.  Colonel Judd is working with Sheriff Crow to make a smooth, seamless transition.

"Grady has started the transition process-he's making sure we take the necessary steps so he can hit the ground running in January," said Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.  "We are working together to ensure a textbook changeover from my administration to his."

Attached with this news release is a memorandum to all Sheriff's Office members regarding the transition process.  All changes will begin on January 4, 2005.

"It is important that I clearly communicate our transition and realignment plans to Sheriff's Office members and to the public as these plans are taking shape.  This is a part of my commitment to operate a professional, progressive, and accountable law enforcement agency," said Colonel Judd.   

The following personnel changes will take place January 4, 2005:

Colonel Gary Hester, currently in charge of all law enforcement operations, will be promoted to Chief of Staff. Colonel Hester is a 25-year veteran of the PCSO. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Summa Cum Laude, from St. Leo University, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama. He also is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, 97th Administrative Officers Course. During 2003, his Master's Thesis on law enforcement officers and use of force was published in a national journal, The Journal of Criminal Justice. In 2004, he obtained status as a Certified Public Manager from Florida State University.

Colonel Willie Hall, currently in charge of all detention operations, will remain in charge of the Department of Detention.  His title will be Chief of the Department of Detention.  Colonel Hall, a former  member of the U.S. Marine Corps, is a certified jail manager, AJA, and a 23-year veteran of the PCSO. He graduated from St. Leo University with a BA in Criminology. Most recently, Colonel Hall graduated from the Florida Criminal Justice Institute Chief Executive Seminar in April 2003.

Major Rick Sloan, currently in charge of the Technical Support Division in the Department of Administration, will be promoted to Chief of the Department of Law Enforcement. Major Sloan, a 22-year-veteran of the PCSO, has an Associate of Arts from Saint Leo College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management, Cum Laude, from Warner Southern College. His education also includes graduation from the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Senior Leadership Program, and a Certificate in Supervisory Management from Florida State University. Most recently, he obtained status as a Certified Public Manager from Florida State University.

Ms. Bea Reid, currently Finance Deputy Director, will be promoted to Executive Director of the Office of Business Affairs. She will manage all business-related and most support functions of the Sheriff's Office. The business office has been created to replace the Department of Administration, which has been realigned and downsized. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida, and she is expected to receive a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University in 2005. Ms. Reid is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Financial Officer. She joined the Sheriff's Office Fiscal Services Division in 1996, and is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Government Finance Officers Association, and is a Certified Public Manager from Florida State University.

Updates regarding the transition will be ongoing as new information is available.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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