Lexington County swears 1st new elected sheriff in 42 years

Jay Koon

LEXINGTON, S.C. — Lexington County is swearing in a newly elected sheriff for the first time in 42 years.

Jay Koon will take the oath of office at 3 p.m. Friday at the old Lexington County Courthouse. Koon won the Republican primary in March. There was no Democratic opponent in Tuesday’s election.

Koon takes over from Lewis McCarty, the sheriff appointed by the governor after James Metts was suspended from office when he was indicted last June. Metts had been sheriff since 1973. He will be sentenced Monday on a federal bribery conspiracy charge.

Koon had the support of McCarty, as well as Gov. Nikki Haley, who donated to his campaign.

Koon was assistant police chief in the town of Lexington.