New Sheriff in Town for Wakulla County

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Before Tuesday, Charlie Creel had never worked for the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

Now, he's sworn in as the highest role, sheriff.

He was elected in November. Tuesday evening was his swearing in ceremony at the Wakulla County Courthouse.

"I look forward to getting out in the community and meeting with people and helping them," Creel said.

He worked with the Florida Highway Patrol for three decades, the last eight years in Wakulla county.

Although, growing up in Tallahassee, he has made this county his home.

"The highway patrol gave me any place I wanted to get in to in the state. They said, 'where do you want to go? Where do you want to work your last eight years?' I said I live in Wakulla county, I want to work in Wakulla county."

Creel named Clarence Morrison his second in command as Undersheriff.

"Sheriff Creel could've looked anywhere in the state, he looked inside our department. I'm just humbled to know that I'm the one he chose," Morrison said.

Creel takes over the job from Donnie Crum who worked with WCSO for more than 30 years.

Crum was the acting sheriff because the previous one stepped down in October 2011 (

Creel said during his speech it was a tough election, but now the community needs to come together.

"It was tough, but we survived."

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