ELBA, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s inauguration day in Alabama and for the first time in 16 years, there will be a new sheriff in Coffee County.

Scott Byrd was sworn in on the steps of the coffee county courthouse in Elba.

Byrd told hundreds in attendance on Monday that ever since he was elected he has put a huge emphasis on getting to know each and every one of his deputies and earning their respect, while also being out in the community making sure people are safe.

He says they brought in deputies to just talk and get to know them when they learned they had to speed up the process when after nearly 13 hours of talking, Byrd had only talked to 8 deputies.

Byrd has served in Coffee County as a businessman but has been in the Coffee County sheriff’s office for nearly 20 years.

Now for the next four years, Byrd will serve as the head of the Coffee County Sheriff’s family.

“Now I’m finna to learn how to be a sheriff and my job is to earn the respect out of all of these men right here,” Coffee County Sheriff, Scott Byrd said. “We are going to operate as a family and we are going to be a family and I’ve owned a business and run it like a family. That’s how we are going to operate around here.”

Sheriff Byrd swore in his deputies and also named Michael Hines as the new chief deputy, Jace Holley as a newly appointed captain, and a reserve deputy as a captain