NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Chief Deputy Ed McMahon was officially sworn in as the New Hanover County Sheriff early Wednesday morning.
Hundreds watched as McMahon became sheriff - an achievement many of his colleagues say he deserves.
"To get the respect you've got to give it and he's given respect to the folks," said Lt. Travis Robinson.
"I want to lead them by example and I think if they see the leadership team doing the right thing, making the right decisions they're going to join right in and all of us will be a good team moving along," said McMahon.
Along with the sheriff, hundreds of his deputies and others who work for the office had to be sworn in again under their new leader.
Sheriff McMahon doesn't need time to adjust to the new position, he's already planned to try to connect to the youth in the community.
"Find ways to be more proactive, get involved in their lives in a positive matter early on," said McMahon.
McMahon said he is hoping to provide more of a community outreach program for their gang unit, as well as work with the Wilmington Police Department to get further involved in area schools.
The new sheriff has three things in mind to guide him through his term: professionalism, responsibility, and accountability.
According to McMahon, there will be four senior staff promotions within the department. The promotional ceremony will take place July 8.