Thomas P. Broumel, Bel Air's police chief for five years, was appointed chief deputy of the county Sheriff's Department by Sheriff Robert E. Comes last week.
Comes announced Broumel's appointment as his second in command after he was sworn in as sheriff during a ceremony at the county courthouse in Bel Air.
Broumel, who worked for Comes' election campaign, replaces Maj. Jesse Bane, who served as undersheriff for former Sheriff Dominick J. Mele. Bane also served as Mele's primary campaign manager.
As second in command, Broumel, of Bel Air, will handle administrative and financial duties. Broumel's salary will be about $50,000, Comes said.
Bane will continue to serve as a major, working with Broumel through the transition to the Comes administration. Bane served as spokesman for the department under Mele.
Comes said he plans to hire a public information officer to field questions from the media and citizens. That position still has to be cleared with County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, he said.
Comes also named Maj. Dale Zepp and Capt. Joseph Higgins as bureau chiefs. Zepp and Higgins, who have both been with the department for about 30 years, will have about the same duties as they held under Mele.
Zepp will manage the county Detention Center and court services and Higgins will supervise field operations, Comes said.