McCarty sworn in as Lexington County sheriff

Published: Jun. 19, 2014 at 1:15 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM EDT
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Newly-appointed Lexington County Sheriff Alfred "Lewis" McCarty. (Source: LCSD)
Newly-appointed Lexington County Sheriff Alfred "Lewis" McCarty. (Source: LCSD)

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - Newly-appointed Lexington County Sheriff Alfred "Lewis" McCarty was officially sworn in at the Lexington County Courthouse Wednesday.

"I am deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the support and welcome I have received from the fine staff at the Lexington County Sheriff's Department," McCarty said in a statement. "Their professionalism is beyond reproach.  Each and every one of them understand that we all have a job to do during this time, and completing our mission is priority one."

The former Lexington County Sheriff's Department assistant sheriff retired from the department back in 1999.

"As you can imagine, a number of very important decisions need to be made, and a number of difficult tasks need to be completed in order to ensure that the excellent service that has become the hallmark of the Lexington County Sheriff's Department goes uninterrupted," McCarty said. "At this time, my staff and I will need to focus on the most important mission we have which is providing a level of unparalleled law enforcement services that the citizens of Lexington County deserve."

Gov. Nikki Haley quickly appointed McCarty to the sheriff's role after James Metts was slammed with federal indictments Tuesday.

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