SHALIMAR — The retirement of Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Greg Gaddis, after more than 30 years in law enforcement, created a cascade of promotions and reassignments in the Sheriff's Office.
Among the promotions and reassignments announced Monday is Maj. Arnold Brown's promotion to chief deputy to replace Gaddis. In his new position, Brown, formerly with the Investigations Bureau, will be based in Crestview.
Brown, who has been with the Sheriff's Office since the 1980s, has served in a number of capacities, including work as a patrol officer and on anti-drug task forces.
Among the other changes precipitated by Gaddis' retirement is the reassignment of Maj. Ken Lapee, who began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a military police officer in the U.S. Army. He joined the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office in 1994 as a patrol officer, and had most recently served in the Operations Bureau.
Lapee will be assuming command of the Investigations Bureau's Criminal Investigations Division/Youth Services, according to a news release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Capt. Eric Aden has been promoted to major, and will be assuming command of the Operations Bureau's Patrol Operations/Airport Security Division. Additionally, Lt. David Allen has been promoted to captain and reassigned to the Special Operations Division.
Overall, according to the news release, Gaddis' retirement led to five promotions and eight reassignments. The promotions became effective Monday, but some of the affected personnel will be moving into their new roles over the next several weeks.
In addition to the personnel actions announced Monday, there are a couple of other proposed promotions awaiting the approval of Okaloosa County commissioners, the news release noted.
In honor of Gaddis' retirement, the sheriff's office's command staff presented him with a couple of baby goats for his farm in the northern end of the county.