Sheriff announces promotions after East’s retirement

November 6, 2013

Three Hood County Sheriff’s Office deputies were officially promoted as of Nov. 1 following the retirement of veteran Captain Jerry East.

Sheriff Roger Deeds announced on Monday morning that Steve Smith has been promoted from lieutenant to captain in charge of the patrol division, and Randy Ellis was promoted from sergeant to Smith’s former position as patrol lieutenant.

Also, Johnny Miller was promoted from corporal to sergeant to fill Ellis’ former position. That leaves an opening for a new corporal, yet to be filled, Deeds said.

As of last month, Smith has been a Hood County deputy for 15 years. Ellis has been a deputy for six years.

Both had already been serving in their new capacity while East was taking vacation and comp time leading up to his final day officially on the job, Oct. 31. East served with the Sheriff’s Office here for 24 years, serving under six different sheriffs.

“(Smith and Ellis) were acting captain and lieutenant,” Deeds said. “They were doing a fine job, so I made it official and permanent. Captain Smith was my choice for a long time because of the things he’s done in support of Captain East in patrol, so it was a very easy decision.

“Lieutenant Ellis has done an outstanding job as a sergeant and had taken a leadership role – so that was another easy decision. Those two stepped up to help me keep this place running in regard to patrol and other areas.”

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