Former Gadsden undersheriff appointed in Okaloosa County

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By Alice Du Pont

Former undersheriff of Gadsden County and former Quincy Police Chief Ed Spooner was named interim sheriff of Okaloosa County Friday morning by Gov. Charlie Crist.

Spooner's appointment came after Charles Morris, sheriff of Okaloosa County, was arrested in Las Vegas on federal theft, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy charges. The 58-year-old Spooner was to begin work in Okaloosa County immediately.

Current Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young, who defeated Spooner in the 2004 elections, said Spooner would be an asset to the rural county that includes Destin and Fort Walton Beach, as well as Eglin Air Force Base.