By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN — Family members, officers, elected officials and citizens all gathered Monday for the official swearing in ceremony of newly-elected Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell and everyone working in his administration.
“If I choke up, it’s from the heart. I got here by your votes and the grace of Jesus Christ and I’m going to try everything I can to be the sheriff you want,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell’s aspirations and appreciation were met at the podium by the support of former sheriffs, Pat Patterson and Bo Robinson, along with newly-elected supervisors Doug Wiggins and Carol Crawford.
“I come from a law enforcement family so I understand some of the things these men and women see every day more than the general public,” Wiggins said.
Cantrell praised the work ethic and dedication of the men and women serving under him on the department.
“My new chief deputy is Curtis Knight and we ran against each other in the election, but as you can see we’re friends. The whole department is going to be one big family. I want the people of the county to know my door is always open. If you have a problem, we want to talk to you about what can be done and if you don’t have a problem, we want you to come on down anytime anyway,” Cantrell said.