(WXYZ) — Wayne County Undersheriff Daniel Pfannes will take over the department after the death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, the Wayne County Sheriff's Director confirms to 7 Action News.
Napoleon died Thursday from COVID-19. He was 65.
According to Direct Pageant Atterberry, there will need to be a vote to determine the next sheriff for Wayne County. Napoleon did win re-election in November but had not yet been sworn in.
Pfannes was appointed undersheriff in 2007 and then re-appointed by Napoleon in 2009.
According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, Pfannes was a police officer in Westland for 25 years before becoming Undersheriff and worked as an evidence technician, detective, special investigations unit commander, SWAT commander and executive level administrator.