Wayne County swears in first black sheriff

WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Darryl Woodson took the oath of office Thursday to become the first black sheriff in Wayne County.

He replaces outgoing sheriff John Ferrior who he beat in the August primary on the democratic ticket. He then defeated Independent Monte May in the November election to win the post.

Woodson is retired from the Mississippi Highway patrol and for the past three years he has been working for the Jones County Circuit Court as a sheriff's deputy.

Circuit Court Judge Bill Joe Landrum made the trip to Waynesboro to swear Woodson in at the ceremony.

Copyright 2011 WDAM. All rights reserved.