WILLIAMSON - Surrounded by family, friends, fellow police officers and the public, James Smith took the oath of office Tuesday morning inside the County Commission courtroom, and is now officially the new Sheriff on Mingo County. Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith administered the oath.
Smith, a 17 year-old law enforcement veteran, voiced his appreciation to everyone who supported him, had faith in his abilities and wanted to see him take the lead in the Sheriff’s department, and said that he is excited about this opportunity that he has been given.
“I know that our department has been through a lot in the past few months but I truly feel that we can overcome any obstacles in our path and come together in a unified manner and do what is right for the residents of this county.”
“I’m blessed to work with a bunch of great guys who are seasoned officers and they’re committed to serving the public. They have the knowledge and the abilities that are needed to do this job the right way and I feel confident that each and every one of them will give this job their all.”
The Sheriff thanked his family for their love and support and to the commission for choosing him to fill the position that was left vacant after the death of former Sheriff Eugene Crum, and that was held for a short period of time by his widow, Rosie Crum.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, but I know we will succeed,” stated Smith.
“My door is always open and I welcome the public to stop by to meet me. We want to hear from you. Your concerns are our concerns; that is what we were hired to do.”
If you would like to contact Sheriff Smith or his Chief Filed Deputy, Joe Smith or another member of their department, you are asked to call 304-235-0300.