CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon took his oath of office on Wednesday before swearing in several other members of his staff who are getting promotions.
The ceremony was held at 8:30 a.m. at Charleston County Council chambers.
Cannon's career spans over 40 years, and began in 1971, when Cannon started out as a patrol officer for the Charleston County Police Department. After serving the county for many years, Cannon became chief at the North Charleston Police Department from 1984 to 1987.
He was elected as sheriff in Charleston County in 1988.
Cannon is credited with successfully merging the Charleston County Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office back in 1991.
He is responsible for overseeing a budget of $56 million per annum. This marks Cannon's seventh term as sheriff.
The Charleston County Sheriff's Office, which employs 950 people, is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in South Carolina.