BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Newly-elected Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis was sworn in to office on Friday.
"It feels great. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to hit the ground running and work for the citizens of Berkeley County," Lewis said.
His first official act was to appoint his youngest son an honorary deputy.
The ceremony took place at the Berkeley County Courthouse. Ninth Circuit Court Judge Kristi Lea Harrington administered the oath of office.
Lewis, a Republican, won the hotly-contested sheriff's race, defeating Democrat Anthony Smalls and write-in candidates M.C. Bellew, the former police chief in Hanahan, former Highway Patrol Trooper Derrick Burbage and Brian Adams, the runner-up in the Republican primary.
The special election was called after former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt stepped down in February following a Dec. 28 arrest for drunk driving. DeWitt has since been indicted for driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to stop for blue lights.
Gov. Haley named Butch Henerey interim sheriff when DeWitt stepped down.
Lewis will fill the remainder of DeWitt's term, which expires in 2018.