BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Berkeley County's interim sheriff was sworn into office Friday afternoon.
Sheriff C.W. "Butch" Henerey was appointed to the post on Wednesday by Gov. Nikki Haley and will serve until a permanent sheriff is elected in the spring.
With his family members and friends looking on, Henerey was sworn in by circuit judge Markley Dennis. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, who has known Henerey for 30 years, called him a man of integrity.
After the swearing-in at the Berkeley County Courthouse, Henerey called the appointment a humbling experience. He pledged to complete a budget for the new sheriff and help ensure a smooth transition.
Henerey also mentioned the county's former sheriff, Wayne DeWitt, who resigned on Feb. 4.
"I will keep former sheriff Dewitt and his family in our prayers," Henerey said. "The circumstances were not good bit it's an honor to be here to serve the citizens of Berkeley county."
DeWitt, who served as sheriff for 20 years, has been indicted on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failing to stop for a blue light in a Dec. 28 incident.
A special primary election for the position is set for April 21. If necessary, a runoff election on May 5 will narrow the field of candidates. Voters will then elect the next sheriff of the county on June 9.
Henerey said he would not make an endorsement in the race, but he said the next sheriff will need management skills.
Filing for the office began at noon on Friday and will close at noon on March 2.