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Head of Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force fired

Less than two years on the job, the head of the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force has been fired from his position.


The task force board met on Aug. 31 and unanimously voted to remove Commander DeWayne Brown for “administrative reasons.”


“We’re just looking for a change,” Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross said. “We wanted to go a different route.”


While the search is underway for a new commander, Chattooga County’s Caine Railey will continue to run operations as Deputy Commander of the task force.


Brown was appointed as commander in January of 2019. 


Brown began his law enforcement career in April 1998 with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office in the detention division. He became a mandated police officer in 1999 and continued his career in the patrol division before becoming a canine deputy for four years.


He was promoted to detective sergeant in the criminal investigations division for Walker County in 2005. Two years later, he was assigned to the Drug Task Force. In January 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Commander of the Drug Task Force by the late Commander Pat Doyle.

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