Swearing in: Columbus Co. has first Republican sheriff
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Hundreds gathered at the Columbus County Courthouse Monday morning as Jody Greene was officially sworn in as the county sheriff.
Greene credits Trooper Kevin Conner for convincing him to run and wore a pin that bore Conner’s face and name.
“I’m really sad that my friend can’t be here. He was one of my biggest supporters, one of the ones that helped spearhead this whole ordeal. I miss him dearly and pray for his family," Greene said.
“In his famous words, ‘you got this son,’ so we got it. I sure appreciate it,” he said.
The race for sheriff in Columbus County is one that will go down in the history books.
Greene edged opponent Lewis Hatcher by 37 votes after a recount Thursday and Friday.
Results from the recount were:
- Greene: 9,388
- Hatcher: 9,351
Hatcher requested the recount with a hand-written note.
The board of elections also rejected four protests that worked to have the election thrown out and a new election ordered after ballot issues on Election Day.
Greene said he’s happy it is over.
"It came to a great end for us. Looking back at all the hard work that everybody did ,not just me and the Greene team, as we call it, we have some dedicated folks, and like I said, extremely excited and thank God it’s over,” Greene said.
Greene said his first order of business is focusing on raises for employees in the sheriff’s office. He said he will make changes, but didn’t want to “shoot from the hip” and say what those are quite yet before he evaluates things.
Greene is the first Republican sheriff in the Columbus County history.
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