UNION COUNTY, Fla. -- There is a new sheriff in Union County.
Gov. Rick Scott appointed Brad Whitehead to take over for his father, Jerry, who died last month of a heart attack.
Action News spoke with the new sheriff by phone Wednesday afternoon.
"It's an honor to follow in my grandfather's and father's footsteps," said Sheriff Whitehead. "It's an honor to serve the people of Union County as sheriff and a privilege."
Whitehead, 37, of Lake Butler, has served as the assistant warden of programs for the Florida Department of Corrections since 2012. He previously served as the assistant warden of operations and as the senior prison inspector within the Office of the Inspector General. From 1998 through 2003, he served as a law enforcement detective for the Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire & Arson Investigations. Whitehead received his bachelor's degree from Florida State University.
Gov. Scott said, "I am confident that Brad Whitehead will be a great sheriff. His experience in law enforcement has prepared him to serve the families of Union County."