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Sheriff-elect begins command staff shake-up

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

'Tis the Christmas season but it's also the season for political change as elected officials begin to implement changes as they transition into office.

Already changes are starting at the local level. Sheriff-elect Tyrone Lewis says the voters of Hinds County have called for change and there will be changes made when he takes over the reigns of his new office.

Twenty-year law enforcement veteran Jeffery Scott was notified last week that he will not be part of the incoming sheriff's command staff. Scott says he understands Lewis made a business decision and he says he believes he has left the Hinds County Sheriff's Department better than when he arrived.

"I have a lifetime of memories. I've had the type of career most law enforcement officers can only dream of. I had the chance from meeting Dan Rather, whose a media icon to again just the undercover narcotics stuff. All the type of stuff you see on TV. I've had the chance to do it. So I'm satisfied," said Scott.

Sheriff-elect Lewis says he's making on a campaign promise. "We're looking at getting people in place that fit the vision that we campaigned on and yes, there will be some changes and there will be some changes through out the department because, again, that's what we campaigned on."

Meanwhile, Scott says his career has been fulfilling. "I've enjoyed serving Hinds County. I enjoyed the citizens here. Anything from attending high-level dinners to playing a pimp out in the streets. I've had fun."

Lewis says the change will make improvements to the department that will make residents, business people and potential investors feel safe in Hinds County.

"That's the kind of change. There's going to be a positive change and I think that the people who are already working in the sheriff's department will accept this change in a positive way. So in this case, change is good," added Lewis.

Scott says he's already considering job offerings extended to him.

Sheriff-elect Lewis will take his oath of office December 29th.

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