On Monday morning, December 3rd, 2018, at Shelby's Bethel Baptist Church, Alan Norman was sworn into Office for his third term as Sheriff of Cleveland County by retired Superior Court Judge Jim Morgan. Among those present for the ceremony were Sheriff Norman's family, retired Sheriff Buddy McKinney, and District Attorney Mike Miller.
After Sheriff Norman took his Oath of Office, approximately 115 full-time sheriff's deputies, 75 detention officers, and several part-time and special deputies also took their Oaths of Office. Many family members, friends, elected officials, and citizens attended the ceremony.
Sheriff's Chaplain, Dr. J. Eric Davis, of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church; Dr. Timothy Sims, Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church; and Dr. Barry Goodman, Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church, addressed the assembly, offering inspiring spiritual messages.
Alan Norman has served as Sheriff of Cleveland County since 2010. In November, he won re-election with a staggering 87% of the vote.
From December 2011 to December 2017 the overall crime rate in Cleveland County decreased 38 percent, with Breaking and entering cases being down 45.7 percent. As we move forward, Sheriff Norman says he will continue to fight the war on drugs and continue to push for higher salaries for Deputies and Detention Officers.
Pictured: Mr. Jim Norman holds the Bible for his son, Alan Norman, as he is sworn in for his third term as Cleveland County Sheriff, by retired Judge Jim Morgan.
Submitted by Lisa Poteat