Paula Dance sworn in as state's first African American woman sheriff

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - History was made today with the swearing in of a new sheriff in Pitt County.

Paula Dance becomes the first African American woman sheriff in the state and only the fifth in the entire country.

She was sworn in this morning before hundreds of people at the Greenville Community Christian Church.

Dance was a major with the sheriff's office prior to her election and has 28 years of law enforcement experience.

Former Sheriff Neil Elks decided not to seek a third term, and Dance defeated Gary Weaver, a former state trooper, last month.