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Brad Whitehead appointed sheriff of Union County

Brad Whitehead (Special thanks to his wife, Jennifer, for providing the photo.)

Brad Whitehead (Special thanks to his wife, Jennifer, for providing the photo.)

Brad Whitehead, the son of the late Sheriff Jerry Whitehead who died suddenly last month of cardiac arrest after a brief illness, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott today as the new sheriff until the mid-term election this November.

Brad, 37, currently serves as the assistant warden at Florida State Prison. He has been at the Florida Department of Corrections since 2012, and the Officer of Inspector General and Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.

He is the third generation in the family to serve as Union County Sheriff and replaces Interim Sheriff Garry Seay.

CORRECTION: Brad will be sworn in as sheriff on Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m., at the courthouse.

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