One year ago Tuesday, Neil Elks took the oath of office in Pitt County. Sheriff Elks says he puts on the uniform everyday , because he's proud of the office and wants all his deputies to feel like he's one of them.
"I have to constantly remind myself that I am the sheriff. I still think I'm a detective or captain, so I don't want it to ever go to my head that I'm the sheriff and I'm the big dog and can do what I want to do. I want to take part. I want to answer calls, I want to be out with the men. I want to have a true feeling of what's going on in the community," said Sheriff Elks.
One of the biggest issues Sheriff Elks says the department has had to overcome is the perception of his office after the previous administration's handling of the Michelle Pollard case. She was a former lieutenant who has been found negligent in the wrongful death of her husband.