MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Kevin Turner was sworn into office as the new Madison County sheriff Monday morning.
Turner was sworn in in Madison County Circuit Court Judge Karen Hall's courtroom.
Turner is the former chief investigator for the Madison County District Attorney's Office.
He replaces Blake Dorning, who did not run for re-election. Dorning had been sheriff since 2003 and said he wanted to spend more time with family.
Sheriff Kevin Turner is officially the new Madison County Sheriff and he says he feels like he is coming home. He started his career with the Sheriff's Office. At his swearing in ceremony he was surrounded by family and friends from the law enforcement community.
"If you're a criminal, you're going to get what's coming to you from Kevin Turner but its going to be done with respect and dignity as much as they deserve," said Rob Broussard, Madison County District Attorney.
His colleagues say Turner has special qualities that make him a leader.
"I think he will lead from the front. I think that is one of the most important things a leader can do is to set the example and Kevin has. He has. His body if work over the last 25 years has set a certain standard and I think it's something that all the rest of law enforcement is going to be able to shoot for and he's just a natural leader," said Tim Gann, Madison County Chief Trial Attorney.
Turner is taking the helm at a unique time in the county. In recent years the Sheriff's Office has faced sexual harassment lawsuits from employees and just this month a sexual assault allegation was made against a corrections officer. While he did not address all of these issues directly Turner did say this.
"Do the right thing. We're all held at a different standard. when you put that gun and badge on you're held at a standard where more so than the regular public. We've got to act accordingly," Sheriff Turner said.
In addition to that, he has a goal to interact with the community more.
"Community policing, interacting with the public, protecting and serving," he said.
He would also like to combat the growing opioid crisis.