UNION COUNTY, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott has named a new Union County sheriff following the death of Sheriff Jerry Whitehead (pictured below) last month.
His 37-year-old son, who is also in law enforcement, will lead the department until his father's term ends at the end of this year -- after the next election cycle.
The new sheriff, Brad Whitehead, has served as the assistant warden of programs for the Department of Corrections since 2012. He's also served as a senior prison inspector and was a detective for the State Fire Marshal's Office.
"I am confident that Brad Whitehead will be a great sheriff," Scott said in a release announcing his appointment. "His experience in law enforcement has prepared him to serve the families of Union County."
Whitehead will be sworn in at 1 p.m. Friday at the Union County Courthouse. He succeeds the interim sheriff, Maj. Garry Seay.
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