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New Kershaw County sheriff wants to launch traffic unit

Jan 4, 2011 2:31:00 PM - thestate.com
Vowing to do “my very best,” former DEA undercover agent Jim Matthews was sworn in just after noon today as Kershaw County’s new sheriff.

More than 650 people — including a galaxy of sheriffs, police chiefs and officials from assorted state and federal law enforcement agencies — were on hand.

Minutes after taking the oath of office from state circuit Judge G. Thomas Cooper, Matthews signed mutual assistance pacts with the sheriffs of five neighboring counties.

Although such pacts are standard in South Carolina, former Kershaw sheriff Steve McCaskill had no such pacts with other departments. McCaskill did not attend today’s ceremony.

In an interview after the swearing in, Matthews said he has a “massive” to-do list, from putting name tags on uniformed deputies to getting bulletproof vests.