New Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis sworn in

March 16, 2020 GMT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Greenville County’s new sheriff was sworn into office Monday.

Sheriff Hobart Lewis took the oath of office from Greenville County Clerk of Court Paul Wickensimer in front of a small group of family and deputies, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Lewis’ term is until the end of this year as he fills the unexpired term of Sheriff Will Lewis, who was booted from office after being found guilty of misconduct in office for using his power to arrange an affair with a sheriff’s office employee.

Hobart Lewis, a Republican, received more than 75% of the vote in last week’s special election over Democrat Paul Guy.

Lewis said he will run for re-election this year for a full four year term.

Lewis has been out of policing since 2016 after an unsuccessful run for sheriff. He was a Greenville County deputy for six years and an officer with the Greer Police Department for 10 years.

Lewis promised to uphold his responsibility as sheriff and spokesman Lt. Ryan Flood said the new sheriff’s first words after taking the oath were “now let’s get to work.”