New chief deputy, second in command appointed at BCSO

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office has a new second in command.

Sheriff Tommy Ford announced Tuesday that Joel Heape will serve as Chief Deputy starting Thursday.

Chief Heape has worked in law enforcement for 32 years, the last 29 of those at the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

When served as captain of support services and helped developed computer systems and programs still used daily at the sheriff's office.

Chief Heape will be in command of administration, law enforcement services, investigative services, and will serve as second in command at the office.