GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) - Johnny Mack Brown was officially sworn in Tuesday as sheriff of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.
The following is the full statement issued by the sheriff's office:
Sheriff Johnny Mack Brown has been sworn in as Sheriff of Greenville County. He remains dedicated to serving the community we live in, as he did for 24 years as the Sheriff, from 1977-2001.
The mission and vision of the GCSO remains the same: to defend the preservation of life, property and civil liberties within the context of legitimate state and county law enforcement policies, and to establish an atmosphere of trust and cooperation among our law enforcement officials and the citizens they serve, through legitimate policing which consistently upholds ethics, integrity, and transparency.
We stand ready to serve everyone in the community in a manner that upholds the values of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and every deputy serving at this agency. We remain honored and proud to serve our citizens.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is aware of the indictments brought forth against Will Lewis and we respectfully ask that any and all requests pertaining to the matter be sent to Will Lewis’ attorney, Wally Fayssoux.
During an earlier news conference Tuesday, Brown thanked S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster for his confidence in him.
"I'm going home and I look forward to the challenge," Brown said. "I look forward to seeing everybody again and get the morale up at the sheriff's office, back where it should be. Governor, thank you for the confidence you have in me."