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Catawba County's new sheriff took his oath of office Monday, surrounded by family, friends and members of the law enforcement community.
Coy Reid officially became sheriff Monday at the Catawba County Board of Commissioners meeting, as former Sheriff David Huffman watched from the audience.
"It's something that I've wanted to do for a long time now," Reid said of his bid for sheriff. "It's a goal that I had, and I accomplished it. Now I just want to accomplish it the right way and do the right thing for the people."
Reid, who previously served under Huffman as chief deputy, was elected as sheriff by a landslide victory. Reid defeated challenger Doris Kirby, nabbing about 75 percent of votes in the general election.
District Court Judge Gregory Hayes administered the oath of office Monday to Reid, who was surrounded by his wife, Bunny, their sons and Reid's grandchildren.
"I've called him the sheriff-to-be for a number of years," Hayes said. "I'm so honored to swear him in."
Reid, too, was honored Monday. The 1924 Courthouse in Newton was almost filled to capacity as citizens came to watch the new sheriff take office.
"It was a very humbling experience to have that many people around me and supporting me," Reid said. "It meant a lot for them to be there with me."
Other members of the law enforcement community, including members of the sheriff's department and other agencies attended Reid's swearing in.
Law enforcement officials were also on hand to say goodbye to Huffman, who served as sheriff for 28 years before retiring Friday.
The Board of Commissioners declared Huffman's service weapon and badge as excess Monday and presented those items to Huffman as a gesture of gratitude for his years of service.
Prior to becoming sheriff, Huffman served as a county commissioner. Board chairwoman Kitty Barnes said she liked to think it was Huffman's time as a county commissioner that helped him better understand county government.
Huffman cited his heroes, his father and Stine Isenhower, county commissioner Randy Isenhower's father, as men who helped him achieve everything he accomplished in his career.
Huffman also thanked the sheriff's office staff for their support during his years as sheriff.
"The men that have worked with me and under me, that's made our department," Huffman said.
After being sworn in, Reid wasted no time in getting down to business as the county's new sheriff.
He worked Monday to restructure the sheriff's office and ensure everyone in the department is accustomed to the change in leadership.
C.K. Daye, of the sheriff's department, was promoted to major chief deputy, the position Reid formerly held for nine years.
Reid will continue serving as sole contact for media, a role he accepted several years ago when Huffman was sheriff.
"I said, 'Hey, I've got a good relationship with the press,' so I decided to continue working with them," he said.
In the future, Reid wants to focus on targeting and prosecuting drug crimes in Catawba County.
"That includes the little guy standing on the street corner selling dope," Reid said. "It's bringing crime into your area."
As Reid continues to fight crime in the county, he'll also work to move items from his old office in the Catawba County Justice Center to the sheriff's office a few feet away.
"Half of me is in the old office and half of me is in the other," Reid said, with a laugh. "I've got pieces of dust in there that are older than some of our deputies have been here."