Two veteran deputies for the Dale County Sheriff’s Office were recently promoted, filling the captain and chief investigator positions.
Dale County Commission Chairman Mark Blankenship said the commission unanimously approved the hiring of Mason Bynum to fill a captain position and Tim Crooks to serve as chief investigator of the Dale County Sheriff’s Office.
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson said the two people were promoted from within the department.
Olson said Bynum, a six-year deputy with the department, had already been serving as an investigator with the department.
“Mason has a college degree in criminal justice, and he brings to the table enthusiasm and willingness to go after things,” Olson said.
Olson said Bynum became one of two captains in the department. He said Ron Wilson serves as the other captain, while filling the position of commander of the Dale County Jail.
As captain, Bynum will also continue serving as the public information officer for the department as well as helping in the day-to-day operations of the department, including some administrative duties.
Olson said Bynum replaced former captain Marlos Walker, who now serves as the Abbeville police chief.
Olson also said Crooks served as an investigator with the department before his promotion to chief investigator. Crooks will supervise all investigations within the department, along with continuing to serve as an investigator himself.
“Crooks also has a lot to offer, and the fact that he’s one of the senior investigators it just brings a lot to the table,” Olson said.
Crooks replaced Harvey Mathis, who now serves as the Daleville police chief.
“I believe they’ll bring a lot to the table, and I look forward to the energy they’ll bring to the positions they’ve been promoted to,” Olson said.
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