Two years ago, Neil Elks sat down with his family and decided he would run for sheriff and today he took the oath of office as Pitt County's new sheriff.
Judge Clifton Everette, Jr. presided over the oath of office with Elks' mother and wife beside him. Elks placed his hand on his late father's bible and swore to protect and serve the people of Pitt county.
A standing ovation followed from a crowded Superior Courtroom at the Pitt County Courthouse. Afterward, tears of joy flowed as he spoke about his father's influence as a Greenville police officer and how if he were here today would be proud of his accomplishments.
Retired as a captain, Elks is now sheriff after defeating incumbent Sheriff Mac Manning in the Democratic primary in May. Elks then swore in his deputies, and named Randy Gentry as his chief deputy sheriff.
There is a new man serving as sheriff in Pitt County starting today. Neil Elks has been sworn in during a ceremony at the courthouse in Greenville that began at 9 a.m.
The Superior Courtroom was full of family, friends and supporters of the new sheriff and his staff.
Elks won the seat when voters went to the polls in the May primary. Elks won the democratic primary against incumbent Mac Manning and ran unopposed in November.
Manning has held the office since 1998.
Along with Elks, several others who will serve under him will be sworn in today.
Click here to see WITN Lynnette Taylor's interview with Mac Manning on Thursday.