New Sheriff Alan West along with other Somervell County officials and Sheriff's Office personnel were sworn in just after the midnight hour struck on New Year's Eve.
West, taking over for outgoing Sheriff Greg Doyle on Jan. 1, was sworn in by County Judge Danny Chambers in the District Courtroom in Glen Rose with friends and family members watching. Darlene Chambers, the county tax assessor/collector, and Andrew Lucas, the county attorney, also took their
oath of office in the District Courtroom.
West, a longtime Somervell County deputy, said that becoming sheriff was a lifelong dream.
"Really and truly, it's been an exciting year and a half," West said,
referring to his election effort to replace Doyle, who decided not to run and will enter private business. "After 19 years, I finally get to lead our group into the future."
Minutes later, at the Sheriff's Office West swore in his deputies,
including his chief deputy, former Fire Marshal Dwayne Griffin. Jailers and dispatch employees also took their oath of office with West leading the brief ceremony.
Judge Chambers swore in some county officials early, on Friday morning.
They were constables Mike Reynolds and Jeff Slaton, along with commissioners Larry Hulsey and Kenneth Wood.