Bisch named new Columbia County chief deputy

January 15, 2019

Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner named Greg Bisch as his chief deputy Monday, saying the decision will help make work in his administration flow better by dividing up responsibilities.

Bisch, a former detective sergeant for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, attended the Columbia County Public Safety Committee meeting where the announcement was made and a revised job description for the position of chief deputy was provided. Bisch has been with the sheriff’s office for 15 years.

The chief deputy’s responsibilities previously were shared with the department’s jail operations.

“This is not a revision, it is an overhaul,” Brandner said of the administrative changes to the position. Added educational requirements reflect changes in the position since the chief deputy’s job description was last drafted in 1995, Brandner said.

Capt. Darrel Kuhl had served dual roles as chief deputy and jail captain since September 2016, but now will serve solely as jail captain. He has been jail captain since 1997.

When asked about the position change, Kuhl told the Daily Register he is not authorized to discuss personnel matters and directed questions to Brandner.

Brandner said having Kuhl serve in both capacities “was too much for any one person” because “one person cannot handle all those duties.” He added that being short on administrative officers generally places a burden on others.

Kuhl’s pay will not be affected by the change, Brander said.

The job description was rewritten to give the sheriff sole responsibility for appointing a chief deputy, Brandner said. He said multiple county board members will be included in the selection process, which is intended to help select the best candidates for the more defined role.

It’s not about hiring friends or “a good old boy,” Brandner said of the selection process.

The selection process for chief deputy is now consistent with all positions in the sheriff’s office, Brandner said.

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