Liberty County Sheriff Steve Sikes and new Chief Deputy Jon Long both said they were pleased to promote five deputies Thursday morning at the Liberty County Justice Center. During a private ceremony attended by the honorees’ co-workers and relatives, Long introduced each deputy and acknowledged their accomplishments.
Sikes said he was proud of the law officers for displaying exemplary work ethics and hoped to be able to promote more deputies soon.
Long introduced Capt. Dennis Davis, who started with LCSO in 1984 and has worked his way up the ranks. Davis helped the office establish many connections with other law-enforcement entities across the state, Long said.
“He is just a wealth of information, and we appreciate all he does,” Long said as Davis was promoted from captain to major.
Long then introduced Detective Chuck Woodall, who started his career at the LCSO in 1993 after a run in the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division.
“He is very meticulous and very organized, and I’ve know Chuck for a long time through our affiliation in law enforcement,” Long said. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for what he does. He is a man of integrity, and he believes in pursing his investigations in that manner. As a result, he puts out great cases and has a great success rate in getting those cases prosecuted. Today, we promote him to captain, and he will be in charge of our investigative unit.”
Lt. Orin Nestor also was promoted to captain.
“He has been in charge of one of our patrol shifts for some time now, but he started working in the jail for us in 1997,” Long said. “He has done a great job and the sheriff recognizes that, so he will be placed in charge of the patrol division.”
Long said he has known Sgt. Ralph Dixson all his life, adding he was proud to promote him to the rank of lieutenant. Dixson has served with the LCSO since 2000 and now will be a shift commander. Cpl. Shane Brazier stared and 2001 and, having been promoted from corporal to sergeant, will be an assistant shift commander.