Sheriff-elect announces key appointments

Mix of new, familiar faces will make up leadership team

Published On: Dec 05 2012 04:15:20 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 05:30:53 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

Sheriff-elect Susan Pamerleau has announced the first new key appointments to her leadership team.

A mix of new and familiar faces will make up her key staff when she takes office on Jan. 1.

"It's important to bring people from within, so there's a good mix of historical background and understanding and also to bring in the new -- that's how we get better," said Pamerleau

Chief Deputy Manuel Longoria, who's served under Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz since 2009, was reappointed to his position and will work alongside the Pamerleau on day-to-day operations at the office..

"Her vision for the future is very impressive and I'm glad to be part of it," said Longoria.

Captain Tammy Burr was promoted to Deputy Chief for Security and Judicial Services. She is the first woman to move up in the ranks to this position.

A new face, Paul Berry, will serve as public information officer.

Deputy Chief Mark Thomas will continue as administrator for the Bexar County Detention Center but on an interim basis, while Pamerleau conducts a national search for the position, which she says could take months.                                                                                  

"I'm committed to hiring the best. This kind of search doesn't happen overnight," said Pamerleau

Thomas said he plans to put his name in the hat for the position. 

Pamerleau still has six key appointments to make. She expects additional appointments and announcements to take place over the next couple of weeks.