New Sheriff In Town: Neil Elks Sworn In

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.

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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.

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  • by anonymous Location: greenville on Jan 31, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    At least the prevalence of cell phone videos has been able to save a select few from the abuse of power from our law enforcement.
  • by To Exactly Location: Greenville on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM
    I have always had a voice recorder on me but I have found that they are going to start taking those rights away from us as well. Keep an eye out for laws that are taking our freedoms away.
  • by EXACTLY on Jan 4, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    to honest, eli and :),,, all of you are absolutely correct! The abuse of his "position" will be closely watched. People will be highly guarded for the next four years as the injustices are unveiled. A feeling of safety has been transformed into a feeling of being framed. People need to be armed with video cameras and tape recorders to capture all of the corruption and injustices that are about to take place.
  • by honest Location: nc on Jan 3, 2011 at 06:15 AM
    not happy about this tool in office at all. I think he has small man's disease. In order to compensate for his short stature he feels the need to abuse his position of power rather than us it to benefit the people of the county the way he should. I may move for the next four years.
  • by Eli Location: Greenville on Jan 1, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    Who suggests these stories any how? Aren't there more important matters than someone trying to get all the lime light and publicity they possibly can? What about more positive things because obiviously there are more negative than positive things about this man said here. I for one would like to see news stories about people making a difference, not just being sworn in or putting another notch in their belt.
  • by :( Location: pitt county on Jan 1, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    Just wanted to say how sad I am that this guy is the sheriff. He appears to be only focused on making himself look good and making money for the department instead of really protecting the people of the county. Enforcing the laws that get him paid is mostly what you'll get from I suspect.
  • by WMS Location: Pitt County on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:16 AM
    Just want to reply to Br...Don't feel bad,you're not the only large landowner who is very very disappointed that the program is being changed....and,by the way,I haven't talked to Mr. Credle lately about the changes...He was very complimentary about the new Sheriff after the election so I assumed things would remain the same....Boy,were we wrong! I,like you,will no longer contribute a substantial donation to this administration....
  • by to Just Saying on Dec 15, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    Personally I would think Sheriff Elks would have more important things to do than to request from witn who posted what. Remember he is our sheriff. There is a lot of crime in pitt county he doesnt have time for such petty stuff.
  • by to WOW! on Dec 14, 2010 at 04:06 PM
    I too was very surprised that someone would be threatening someone here. I thought these postings were monitored. I am disappointed the witn are allowing threats to be made here.
  • by WOW! Location: Greenville on Dec 14, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    A week in and the threats have started already!?! How insecure is that? I'm shocked and quite disappointed that apparently it was fine for anyone to post freely but now they are threatened for exercising 1st amendment rights? Or do those who work there no longer have that right? Not so sure that says much for what Pitt County is in for these next few years.

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