Adams County swears in first black sheriff

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NATCHEZ, Miss. (WJTV) – History was made today in Adams County.

Officials swore in the first black sheriff.

Travis Patten received a standing ovation after giving his oath to office.

He is the first African-American Sheriff of Adams County since Reconstruction which was nearly 140 years ago.

Patten says the color of his skin isn’t something that he is leaning on.

“The first black sheriff … that’s great to inspire but I’m the sheriff of all people,” Patten said.

Patten says one of the biggest things he plans to work on is establishing a better bond with the community and law enforcement stating “not every law enforcement officer is bad”.

Sheriff Patten says he is looking forward to his first day work on Monday morning.

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