Since taking his seat as the sheriff of Cullman County earlier this week, Mike Rainey has begun to make administrative changes that he says will allow him to operate the law enforcement agency as efficiently as possible.

On Thursday, Sheriff Rainey appointed 34-year veteran Cullman City police officer Max Bartlett as his chief deputy, a position that is second in command to the sheriff. Bartlett was formerly a captain at the Cullman Police Department, having worked his way through various patrol and investigation positions during his time at the agency.

“Bartlett will be a welcome addition to the Cullman Sheriff’s Office and instrumental in providing the best possible law enforcement service to the people of Cullman County,” said Rainey. “To take a look at his credentials provides a true understanding of why he was chosen for this position. He has been a city police officer since 1977 and he is just a good professional and a no-nonsense kind of guy.”

Bartlett’s responsibilities will range from tracking departmental spending to overseeing the day-to-day duties of various investigation teams, said Sheriff Rainey.

“I have met with the sheriff and have talked to him about the position and am pleased to know that he and I have a lot of the same goals about the direction we would like to see the Sheriff’s Office go,” said Bartlett. “The first thing that we are looking at is isolating the areas that need improvements and working diligently toward those improvements.”

* Sam Rolley can be reached by e-mail at srolley@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 225.

* Please see the full story in the Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, edition of The Cullman Times.

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