2017-10-05 / Front Page

Hammond, Moss administered oath of office to sheriff, deputies


Paul C. Reviere was sworn in as Lincoln County’s new sheriff last Thursday, September 28, by Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond, and was joined by his wife Ann Florence Reviere and nephew Abraham David Crawford who had the honor of holding the Bible upon which he gave his oath of office. Paul C. Reviere was sworn in as Lincoln County’s new sheriff last Thursday, September 28, by Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond, and was joined by his wife Ann Florence Reviere and nephew Abraham David Crawford who had the honor of holding the Bible upon which he gave his oath of office. An oath of office ceremony for the swearing in Paul C. Reviere as Sher­iff of Lincoln County was held last Thursday, honoring not only him, but the officials, deputies, and officers of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as they too were sworn in under Reviere as the new sheriff.

As court was called to order by In­terim Sheriff Sid Hatfield, a courtroom full of witnesses and supporters stood to rise for the commencement of the occasion.

Opening remarks were provided by Probate Judge Lee D. Moss, as the floor was then given to Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond who adminis­tered the oath of office to Reviere.

“I know that I don’t have to tell each of you of the character of the man that is Paul C. Reviere, but I do want to share a little bit of my own story,” Hammond said.

“I first came to Lincoln County in 1995 and I had no idea how richly blessed my life would be by my friend­ship with Paul. I can tell you that he has been there for me many times, none even greater than the loss of my father, which has been hard to bear, but when I came to Paul he was always a dear friend to me and it was because of that that I asked that he would do my own oath of office ceremony and he didn’t hesitate, and I can’t thank you enough. I am so honored to be able to give you this oath today,” Hammond said.

Following Reviere’s inauguration, Hammond likewise administered the oath of office to Hatfield, who resumed his former position as chief deputy, and Moss administered the oath of office to the deputy sheriffs.

In closing, Reviere addressed the audience, remarking, “I can’t thank you enough, from the bottom of my heart, for the trust that you have placed in me, for the confidence, for the encouragement, for the support that I have received through the campaign and since the campaign.

“A few of the things that I have hoped to offer as suggestions and per­haps implement are ways to improve and tweak what Sheriff Beggs already had in place, and they came without doubt from these gentlemen over here and these right here,” Reviere said, pointing to the deputies, officers, and officials with the Sheriff’s Office. “These people offered the suggestions that I had on my list, and all I had to do was check them off – that tells you of the caliber of folks that are working for you.”

He added, “They have heard me say that I don’t like certain pronouns and that’s ‘I,’ ‘me,’ and ‘my.’ I like like pro­nouns like ‘we,’ ‘us,’ and ‘our.’ We’re a team and we’re your hired help, and you need to understand that – we un­derstand that. We’re here for you.

“Thank you so much for being here, you’ve honored me far beyond what I deserve, and in so many ways in this campaign, in this election, and today, and I certainly appreciate it with all of my heart,” Reviere said.

The invocation was given by Rev. Lanis Lewis, pastor of First Assembly of God, and the benediction was de­livered by Patricia Stokes, evangelist of Faith Tabernacle Church.

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