Lexington County swears 1st new elected sheriff in 42 years

Published: Apr. 24, 2015 at 9:06 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2015 at 9:06 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - For the first time in more than four decades, Lexington County has sworn in a newly elected sheriff.

Jay Koon took the oath of office this afternoon at the old Lexington County courthouse.

Koon, who is a University of South Carolina graduate, worked with the Town of Lexington Police Department for 20 years, most recently, as assistant chief.

Now, he's Lexington County's 39th sheriff.

Koon took his Oath of Office just after 3 p.m. inside the old Lexington County courthouse.

His wife, and two children stood beside him, and the courtroom was filled with family, friends, citizens, and other law enforcement professionals.

Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster was at today's ceremony and had some advice for Sheriff Koon.

"Just have to take it as it comes every day," Foster said. "Treat people like you want to be treated, and make sure you take care of your family because it's a very, very demanding job. It's not just a Monday through Friday job. It's a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's going to be every day of the year. So take care of your family as well because that's where your supports going to be."

After the swearing-in, Koon went across the street to the municipal building to spend time with family, friends and citizens.

"We can all do this together to make Lexington a great place to raise a family," Koon said. "What we all want, quality of life."

Koon said he is ready to get his staff together and serve the citizens of Lexington County.

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