COLONEL JOSEPH WELLS
The Chief Deputy is the Sheriff’s principal leadership team member for directing, coordinating, supervising, and training the members of the Sheriff’s Office.
Colonel Joseph Wells was appointed Chief Deputy by Sheriff DeLoach on January 3, 2017.
Colonel Wells began his career 1995 and has held many positions while serving Putnam County residents including special operations commander and as a district commander.
Colonel Wells has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and obtained extensive executive level law enforcement training from the Florida Sheriff’s Association, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Colonel Wells is active in the Putnam County community as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Rotary Club of Palatka, board member for Lee Conlee House Domestic Abuse Shelter and Palatka Lodge #34 Free and Accepted Masons.
Administrative Services Director
Major Johnny Greenwood began his career with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office in 1994. He is a graduate of Crescent City High School and earned his A.S. Degree from St. Johns River State College. He later earned a B.S. Degree in Public Administration from Flagler College.
Beginning as a road deputy, Major Greenwood has since served as a detective in property crimes, drug/vice and major crimes. He has overseen training and accreditation, been the public information officer and has served as the supervisor for the Office of Public Standards.
Law Enforcement Director
Major Steve Rose began his law enforcement career at the Palatka Police Department in 1992. He joined the Putnam County Sheriff's Office in 1995. In 1999 he was promoted to sergeant. In 2008 he was promoted to major and became the director of law enforcement in 2019.
Major Rose graduated from Interlachen High School in 1986 and two years later married his high school sweetheart. He has an A.S. degree in criminology from St. Johns River State College. Major Rose obtained a B.S. degree in public administration in 2005 from Flagler College, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Major Valdes spent a year in corrections at the Florida State Prison before beginning work at the Putnam County Jail in 1995 as detention deputy. In 1997 he became dual-certified in corrections and law enforcement and began working as a patrol deputy in 2001.
In 2002 he returned to the corrections department and was promoted to Sergeant with responsibilities as an assistant shift supervisor. In 2017 he was promoted to captain and in 2018 he was promoted to Major where he currently serves as the Director of Corrections.