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Bossier Sheriff promotes deputy

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Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington promoted a deputy to the rank of sergeant in a ceremony Tuesday morning in the Sheriff’s conference room in the Bossier Parish Courthouse.

Sgt. Heath Balkom began his law enforcement career in 2003 in Minden and joined the Bossier Sheriff’s Office in 2012 where he worked in corrections. Sgt. Balkom has also worked as a patrol deputy and a detective for the bulk of his career.

Sheriff Whittington said, “I like days like this when I can award the hard work and dedication to duty that people like you show. You have displayed excellent work ethics and leadership in every job you’ve held in the sheriff’s office, and I’m honored to be able to promote you to the rank of sergeant. Keep up the excellent work.”

Sgt. Balkom’s next assignment will be back on patrol as a patrol sergeant.