NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Chief Deputy Ed McMahon will be sworn in as New Hanover County's sheriff in just a few weeks, but he's already hard at work preparing for the transition.
Time and time again, McMahon hand-signed new ID cards for all 400 staff members of the sheriff's office he will lead at the end of June.
He approached the task with the same mind set as everything else - determined to make the change as easy as possible.
"I just want to put them at ease and let them know it's just business as usual and don't worry, every thing's fine," said McMahon. "We're just going to move forward."
New ID cards, new radio unit numbers, and new badges are being assigned, printed, and distributed before McMahon and the rest of his troops are sworn in under his leadership.
Sheriff Sid Causey is using his last days in office to guide his chief deputy.
"He'll be kind of in the shadows right now allowing me to do it, still while he is available for questions, comments, critiques, and so it's been good for me kind of taking that next step, but having the Sheriff right beside me," said McMahon.
Even though McMahon is already handling the day-to-day operations of the sheriff's office, he says it still feels like a dream.
"Right now I'm having glimpses of wow, this is really happening, but I really do think that after July 1st, after the ceremony, when I have the time to kind of take a breath that it probably is really going to sink in at that point," said McMahon.
The chief deputy said he's ready for July 1 and is ready to put his signature on the sheriff's office.
McMahon will take over as acting sheriff when Causey retires June 29, and will be sworn in as sheriff July 1 at 6:00 AM.