There's A New Acting Sheriff in Lexington County

Lexington, SC (WLTX) -There's a new acting sheriff in Lexington County, Lewis McCarty was officially sworn in Wednesday night.

In the wake of the state's longest running sheriff James Metts being suspended, Lewis McCarty took the oath of office; promising to serve the people of Lexington county with professionalism and integrity.

"I think I am going to get back into 'go mode' pretty quick," said McCarty.

McCarty, 72, had a 37-year career in law enforcement and retired 15 years ago.

He was called out of retirement after Governor Haley appointed him as interim sheriff.

"Everything has run extremely fast the last two days, a lot of things have happened and we are going to get there, the train is on the track and we are going to move."

Metts is accused of helping illegal aliens in exchange for cash at several Mexican restaurants owned by Greg Leon; former town councilman Danny Frazier was the go between former South Congaree Police Chief Jason Amodio and James Metts.

McCarty, worked under Metts for more than 26 years with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. He had this to say about the charges.

"Sheriff Metts and I have been friend for a long time, my heart goes out to he and his family and I wish him the best. I hope everything works out for him and his life can go on."

There have been reports that some within the department have been terminated since Metts suspension.

McCarty did not confirm those reports but instead said its a personnel issue.

"We are in the process of reorganizing and we have to do something's that we feel will further the department."

There were a number of officers from different departments in the Midlands including Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett who says this is a rough time for the county.

"It is sad when we see something like this happen but the good news is that we just got an individual who is very passionate about Lexington County and the department. So overall people might be upset but on the other side we are really excited," said Cornett.

McCarty says he will only serve as interim sheriff and doesn't wish to run for the permanent position.


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