Fairfield County has sworn in its new sheriff.
Will Montgomery won a special election for the position last month. He will replace Sheriff Herman Young, who stepped down in July after 22 years. Young cited health reasons for his resignation coming with two years remaining in his term.
Capt. Dunstan Padgett, head of the narcotics division in the Sheriff’s Office, had been appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley as acting chief until the election.
Montgomery has spent the past 13 years with the neighboring Richland County Sheriff’s Department. According to his campaign bio, Montgomery’s most recent title was shift supervisor. He and his family live in the Fairfield County seat Winnsboro. He ran as a Democratic candidate last month.
Montgomery’s father and grandfather were also sheriffs in Fairfield County.