Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Undersheriff a 28-Year Veteran

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

New Undersheriff a 28-Year Veteran

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A recent reorganization within the Clay County Sheriff's Office has resulted in numerous promotions and an expanded administrative hierarchy. Top-ranking officers and their new titles are as follows:

-- Undersheriff Brian Bishop, 47, began his career in the department as a dispatcher in 1973, became a patrol deputy four years later and worked his way up through the ranks to the No. 2 position of authority. During his career, Bishop has served as a hostage negotiator, SWAT team leader and, most recently, chief of administration and corrections. He has a master's degree in public administration and has attended the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program.

-- Maj. Wayne Allen, 76, is director of administration. Allen is a retired U.S. Coast Guard captain who earned several awards during a 33-year military career, including the bronze star and Navy commendation medal. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration. He joined the department eight years ago and has served as the sheriff's executive assistant and jail administrator.

-- Maj. David Murray, 40, is director of operations countywide. He entered the law enforcement profession in 1981 in upstate New York and four years later joined the Clay County Sheriff's Office as a patrol deputy. Murray, who has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and has attended the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program, served as director of operations in the northern half of the county since 1995.

-- Maj. Danny Thomas, 42, is director of corrections. He began his career at the jail as a corrections officer in 1978, transferred to patrol duty in 1981 and later returned to the jail as an administrator. Thomas, who is completing his bachelor of arts degree from Troy State University, was promoted in 1996 to captain in charge of jail operations.

-- Capt. Derry Dedmon, 56, joined the department after leaving the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in 1984. Dedmon previously served as investigations lieutenant and supervised training and human resources. He attended the FBI Academy in 1994 and is a member of the Florida Polygraph Association.

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