Jasper County held swearing in ceremonies on Monday for its county officials elected in November.
Among those elected and sworn in was Randy Johnson, who has been in law enforcement for more than 31 years.
For the past three years, Johnson has been working for the Jones County Sheriff's Department as its jail administrator.
Like so many other counties in Mississippi, Jasper County's drug problem will be Johnson's top priority as he takes office Jan. 4, 2016.
Johnson said that it has been a long campaign and he is ready to take the leadership role as Jasper County's top law enforcement officer.
"I want to make Jasper County proud and be the leader that I know that I can be and that this county so desperately needs," Johnson said. "I wouldn't be here without the good Lord above and my family and friends. I've learned a lot from Sheriff Hodge in Jones County as well as other counties around."
After the swearing in ceremony, Johnson was given a .45 caliber handgun by friends as a gift to commemorate the event.