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(KYTX) - For the first time in 36 years, Smith County has a new sheriff.

Larry Smith was sworn in Tuesday morning to replace longtime Sheriff J.B. Smith, who retired last year.

With his wife Leslie by his side, Larry Smith placed his hand on the Bible and took the official oath of office. The new sheriff showed the people of Smith County he was going to honor that oath by passing out two new things to his deputies.

"That's the Holy Bible and Constitution of the United States of America," said Sheriff Larry Smith. 

The applause from the audience echoed through the Smith County Courthouse.

"It's refreshing that here at home we know that we have a sheriff that really believes in the U.S. Constitution and the freedoms that are protected in it," said JoAnn Fleming.

Sheriff Smith said he's ready to go to work.

"I know it's New Year's day, but I'm going to do a little work at the office to get some things done," said Sheriff Smith.

One of those things the sheriff wants to do is to put more deputies on the street. All together Smith said he'll get 40 deputies on patrol.

-8 Sergeants to supervise them.

-1 K-9 unit.

-1 Lieutenant.

Under Smith's plan they'll all switch to working 12-hour shifts.

"To take what Sheriff (J.B.)Smith has already done and even go farther," said Sheriff Larry Smith.

Back at the sheriff's office, Smith says he'll form an internal affairs division to get rid of what he calls the good 'ol boy system.

To help him accomplish all of those goals, the sheriff introduced his staff, that he says, has more than 300 years in law enforcement experience.

"It's just fantastic and we just think it is a great way to start the new year," added Fleming.

A new year with a new sheriff with a new plan for Smith County.

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