Tom Cavallero, a 25-year veteran with the Merced County Sheriff's Department, was sworn-in Monday as the department's new undersheriff.
Cavallero, 45, takes the reins as the department's second-in-command from Bill Blake, 59, who retired Friday after 38 years with the department. Prior to Monday's swearing-in, Cavallero held the rank of commander.
Cavallero was sworn-in by Sheriff Mark Pazin, during a brief ceremony in the county board of supervisors chambers. His wife Wendy pinned his new golden star badge to his uniform. "When something like this happens, it's really based upon the hard work of those you work with, as well as your own hard work," he said.
In appointing Cavallero to the new role, Pazin said he and Blake picked "the right person" for the job. Pazin also said the undersheriff's job is "24-7," requiring day-to-day communication with the sheriff.
During the ceremony, B.J. Jones and James Buttrey were sworn-in as operations commanders for the department.
For more information, read Tuesday's Merced Sun-Star.