Sheriff-elect reorganizes, promotes

Thursday, November 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:25 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

Two veterans of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department will leave when Sheriff-elect Dwayne Carey assumes the office on Jan. 1.

Absent from Carey’s administrative lineup list are Chief Deputy O.J. Stone, a major in the department, and Kevin Merritt, an enforcement captain.

Carey announced the changes Wednesday.

Stone, who ran for sheriff but lost to Carey in a three-way Democratic primary, confirmed his departure. He said he interviewed with Carey in an attempt to retain his position but was unsuccessful.

Carey instead chose Sgt. Tom Reddin of the investigative unit to become his chief deputy. Reddin is a 19-year veteran of the department and has worked as a supervisor in the Boone County Jail and in the enforcement and investigative divisions.

Merritt could not be reached for comment. He has supervised the department’s drug enforcement unit since early this year, when Sheriff Ted Boehm reprimanded Detective Ken Kreigh and removed him from the job. Kreigh later resigned and ran for sheriff, placing second behind Carey in the primary.

Maj. Warren Brewer, who has worked for the sheriff’s department for 22 years, will retain his position as jail administrator, while Beverly Braun, a 19-year department veteran, will remain in her role as captain of the services division.

Keith Hoskins and Jenny Atwell, who have 19 and 11 years of experience at the department, respectively, also will continue to work in their present jobs as lieutenants in the corrections division.

Carey chose to promote Sgts. Greg Vandegriffe and Gary German to enforcement captains, replacing Merritt and himself. Carey said the two sergeant positions now open should be filled by mid-December.

All 16 of the people who applied for administrative positions were already employed by the sheriff’s department, Carey said in a news release. He made his selections after a series of interviews he and administrators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Columbia Police Department conducted.

Carey defeated Republican Mick Covington in the general election Nov. 2 and will replace Boehm, who, after 20 years as sheriff, chose not to seek re-election.

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