Without dismissals, Dalton reorganizes Sheriff's Department

Friday, September 3, 2010
Marshall County Sheriff Norman Dalton, right, is sworn in by Chancellor J.B. Cox during ceremonies in the Marshall County Courthouse Annex where more than 100 attended as there were deputies and many other officials also sworn in.

Marshall County Sheriff Norman Dalton's first day in office included at least five hours of overtime as he reorganized several staffing positions and met with all the employees.

"I reported in at 4:30 a.m.," Dalton said at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday when he anticipated nearly two more hours of work. "We've had a productive day, going over policies and procedures and the nature of the office, so to speak."

It was his first day back in the building since he left in February so he could campaign. Dalton had been the captain of the sheriff's detectives. He was elected Aug. 5.

"Nobody has been let go," he said, in line with civil service regulations put in place to protect the livelihoods of officers in good standing.

That includes Billy Lamb who "will continue to be the chief deputy," the sheriff said.

In the Detective Division, Bob Johnson has been named lead detective, Dalton said. Detectives under him will be Keith Jolley, Jimmy Oliver and Sam Bragg.

Bragg had been the captain over night patrol. Before that he was the jail administrator.

"Bart Fagan has been appointed to the captain's position over nights," Dalton said, noting that Fagan is succeeding Bragg.

"Sabrina Patterson remains the head jailer," the sheriff said. "Gaylon Thomason is the new assistant jail administrator," a new position since there hadn't been anyone in that role since Bragg supervised the jail.

"Kay Richards will be our records clerk/corrections officer," Dalton said.

The new sheriff's day was filled with staff meetings with deputies, detectives and then with jailers, going over policy and procedures and appointing people to new positions - just getting organized and getting ready to work, Dalton said.

"It feels good to be back to work," he said. "I'm honored, again, to be serving the citizens of Marshall County and I feel like I'm where I should be."